The Miracle


Three Rejoicing
Uncle JD and Aunt Shirlen
Uncle JD and Aunt Maxine

These are my favorite pictures of Aunt Maxine, Uncle JD, and Aunt Shirley because of the miracle.

Planning a trip to the Dallas area to see family, hoping to take Aunt Maxine to see her brother while there, I call to set the plans with Uncle JD and Aunt Shirley. They are excited about the possibility, but at the same time, a little leery.

You see, Aunt Maxine was Schizophrenic and, more often than not in those days, she was in her own world, which was very difficult to see. So Aunt Shirley asked me to please not bring her if she was in bad shape. Assuring them I would comply with their wishes, the conversation ends, and the prayers begin.

Finally, the anticipated day arrives and I go to get Aunt Maxine. Though she is responsive to me, I can tell she is not in good shape mentally, but she is good enough to remember that we are supposed to go visiting and she wants to go. Looking to God, I say, “O Lord! What do I do? I promised to not bring her if she was bad like this.” Clearly to my mind, the Spirit of God says, “It will be okay. Go.” So we got in the car and headed to Tyler.

All the way there was silence. I tried to engage Aunt Maxine in conversation several times to no avail. So all the way there, I would cry out again, “O Lord, I promised not to bring her if she was bad, but I am trusting You.”

“It will be okay. Go.”

Arriving at Uncle JD’s, they head up the drive to meet us. As they do, the Light dawns. Aunt Maxine’s face lights up and, practically jumping out of the car, she greets Aunt Shirley, then Uncle JD with open arms and bright smiles. Thanking God and continuing in hope, we head into the house. The three of us watch Aunt Maxine in total amazement throughout the entire visit. She laughed and cut up like the Aunt Maxine I remember as a child. She kept up with the conversation and took part in it. She smiled with that old twinkle in her eyes. And we three stood watching in awe and amazement.

At the end of the visit, hating to leave the moment, we said our goodbyes and headed back to Grapevine. The minute we were out of their drive and on the road, my beloved Aunt disappeared back into her world, and we rode silently home. But my heart was not silent. It was filled with the glory of God.

I will miss you, Aunt Maxine, but I look forward to laughing with you, Uncle JD and Aunt Shirley again when we all meet together with other loved ones in the sweet by and by.

Shhhh….do you hear it? There is the sound of laughter and joy round the throne as these three beloveds and many others enjoy company in the worship of Glory. I am rejoicing with you, Aunt Maxine. No more silence, only joy, everlasting. Thank You, Father.

4 thoughts on “The Miracle”

  1. Darlene, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. My mother-in-law’s sister was schizophrenic and institutionalized and my mother-in-law would bring her home on the week-end when she was not “sick”. When I would visit she would jump up and hug me and want to sit next to me…….I guess this kind of visiting as with your aunt Maxine makes them feel alive and full of life. I am sure now that all are enjoying one another in God’s Heaven. Thank you Darlene for sharing. This brought back memories for me. Blessings to you, June

    1. Thank you, June. I don’t think I ever saw Aunt Maxine carry on a conversation as well as she did during that short visit. I know I had not seen it in many years, and like you, we used to bring her home on weekends and holidays. It was sheer joy to watch and we give God the glory. I am glad it brought back good memories for you. Hugs to you.

    1. I join your heart for your sister, Lise. God is able to give good days, good moments and good memories. God is able to deliver this one from any “voices” not His. I pray for deliverance in Jesus name and to the glory of God.

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