Monday, March 14, 2011

Faithful & Pure: Lindsay Virginia Graham

This past weekend was a roller coaster of emotions for me. It was filled with so much laughter and a lot of tears. My sweet college roommate, Lindsay finally went home to be with the Lord. Almost four and half years ago she was diagnosed with inflammation of the brain which caused years of severe and damaging seizures. The past four plus years have been spent in a bed, motionless, blind and dependent on a feeding tube. Not the plans we would have had for this precious sister. Never once did her faith waiver. I have never met anyone like her. She has impacted me greatly.

Words cannot express the type of amazing young woman Lindsay was. But I want to try.

Lindsay, Lisa and I were roommates from Sophomore year through our Senior year at The University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). I couldn't have asked for better roommates. Lindsay was the quite, peaceful one. I was the loud, dramatic one. And Lisa

spontaneously fell somewhere in the middle (you never knew with her!). It was a perfect trio, and there was never a dull moment. Lindsay was a morning person...literally, her desire for breakfast got her out of bed. I always envied her for that. She was a prayer warrior and would always leave encouraging Scripture for you to brighten your day. I honestly have never met someone so sweet and gentle and kind...except maybe for my grandmother, whom Lindsay always reminded me of. I always felt that Linds would be a lot like her when she grew old.

We had so much fun through those years. From me always trying to get a rise out of Lindsay by trying to push her buttons (although she never would give in and get angry), Lisa and I trying to get her to have dance parties with us or join in on our spontaneous indoor water fight (ha!), to UGA football games, serving together at the Baptist Student Union, and random road trips. The memories are unforgettable. Sunday, as we watched a picture show full of memories at the funeral, Lisa, Ashley (our pseudo 4th roomie) and I were hysterical with laughter. I am so thankful for such fun days!

Hearing testimonies of Lindsay's character just brought tears to my eyes as I sat there sobbing over my friend whom I miss so much. I hate that we live in a fallen world and that sickness hurts the ones we love. But I am ecstatic for Linds. She is with Jesus! She was so ready and so excited and I am so thankful I got to spend time with her three weeks ago and see the joy in her face.

She was going home and she knew it. Linds exalted Christ til the end. She lived so others would know Christ and now death is her gain. How wonderful! What a good and faithful servant. She passed away on Thursday and even in these few days since her death, I have heard of three or four people that have surrendered their life to Christ after hearing her story! How cool! I can't think of a better way to have impacted this world. Praise God! Lindsay has forever impacted my life. I am so thankful for the blessing of having known her as closely as I did.

"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." - Romans 8:18

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  1. thanks for sharing this sweet tribute, suz! love you and grateful for lindsey's life!

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  2. Very well said, roomie. It has certainly been a bittersweet weekend for us here on Earth, but it is certainly awesome to know that Linds is Heaven's gain and that she is whole and healed. Thank you for sharing her story; I know you won't be the last - her legacy will live on in our hearts and in the way we live and love because of knowing her.

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