GrandPa, most of us did not get to spend so much time with you due to one reason or another, but anyone who has ever dealt with you, and is either here or absent would surely exclaim that you were a good man. As a grandson, I agree that indeed, you were a good man, but I also believe that sharing part of your life is in order.
My dad told me about an incident in your workplace; as an accountant working with the government, you were approached and enticed some amount of money to do a disservice to the nation and for some people’s selfish gains. You remained resolute and choose to stand for the right. This earned you some enemies who even went to the extent of framing you as having embezzled funds. If God saw you through those physical challenges, then the consequent spiritual attacks were not enough either to sway you from your principles. In my days, they call it ‘too-known’, ‘chooker’ or ‘chukaef’, and ‘krif’. That is how they ridiculously call me (in high school) when I (truthfully) told on a colleague who has stolen another colleague’s item or money. I am victimised and stigmatised, but why need I mind? Your life and Prov 28: 20 which says that “a faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent” remains an important guide for me still.
It is most likely that Proverbs 31:10 was read on your wedding day. Of course GrandMa was a virtuous woman and a priceless find. But I believe that she was also lucky to have you, especially when Proverbs 20:6 observes that faithful men are also as hard to come by as virtuous women. You were a good man not because of your possessions, but because you made an effort to follow Micah 6:8 [He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?]. Yes, you were humble. Even when you were right, you let go and allow God and time to prove you right.
It is no wonder that you could be described as someone who actually lived Psalm 3:48; tasting and seeing the goodness of the Lord. You were blessed with sufficient earthly possessions and blessings because you trusted God to provide your every need. The most important blessing however, is that you did not lose sight of God, His house, and His work. If you were a good man, then it could also be because you participated actively in the House of God and allowed him to direct your steps day by day according to Psalm 37:23.
GrandPa, no one can take away your good nature, but I am you would be happy that people have been positively influenced by your over 80 years on Earth. I also want to be good people to the family, friends and country. Therefore, even as I find myself in lamentations, I quickly turn to chapter 3 verse 26 and find that in my pursuit to emulate your well-lived life, “it is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord”, the most important prize of all. Salvation of the Lord is the prize I need to earn at the end of life’s journey, if I am to see you again.
But for now, when anyone comes looking for you, I would hand them Proverbs 7:19 “For the good man is not at home, he is gone a long journey”. Fare thee well, you deserve perfect rest,. Have a good one, GrandPa.