Lindsey Grathwol, oh where to begin? Let me see, she’s loud, crazy, and such as spaz, but above all else she’s amazing! If there is one thing I learned about this summer it was to absolutely under no circumstance do you judge a book by its cover. Lindsey was my book that I judged. I did not think we would get a long. I really believed that she was going to try and run the show because she was the oldest, but she did everything but that. Lindsey was such a blessing to have on our team, and all in all she truly impacted my life.
Lindsey, or as I like to call her, Yin Gee, is so spunky, and super fun. We have very similar personalities in the fact that we’re both really loud, obnoxious, and we just really love having fun! Yin Gee has a heart that is captivated by the Lord, and it’s so obvious that the Lord is working in and through her. From our many conversations that was so evident. Yin gee is one of those amazing women who can just see redemption written all over her. After an extremely heavy past she is not ashamed, but instead she owns her story, and knows that the Lord gave her that story, because he knew she would prevail and come out victorious with Christ!
The first real conversation that I had with Linds was about 2 or 3 weeks into project. It was late one night, and I wanted to really get to know her, so I asked if we could go on a walk, so we broke the rules and went (believe me our punishment came later). But we decided to head down 5th street, and talk about our lives, our struggles, and our redemption. In the process of the getting into the deep stuff Lindsey and I found that we had similar past, and it really helped us connect and not feel alone. I knew in that moment that I truly had a friend in this amazing woman! It was then I started calling her mom, and I know deep down she loved it 🙂 She was that woman that could lead me, and help me process through things, especially the hard stuff.
In the midst of this incredible heart to heart, a bike cop pulls up behind us, and asked us to come off the rocks. She proceeded to tell us that it was illegal for us to be on the rocks, and that she could actually arrest us for being on them. It turns out a woman in one of the condos above where we were sitting loves to see people get in trouble for doing stupid stuff on bayside, but this cop gave us grace, and allowed us to go if we left right then. So Lindsey and I headed out, and continued our talk. In this time it became more about laughter, and having fun. It was a new side of Lindsey, one that I really loved.
Lindsey was one of the women on project that I knew I could run to at any moment, and just be extremely open with, and be honest, and I knew in return she would help me, and lead me on an amazing path. I knew that God put her in my life for a reason, and I know that she will do amazing things in this world, and I am praying for her to find that path with God in mind.
It is always known that someone goes on project, and gets a tattoo, well this year that person was Lindsey. She got a beautiful tattoo on her foot that says, “I am Second.” It is so beautiful, and I totally see where God was working in her life for her to see that she is not number one in life. That she must submit, and surrender to God to find true, and real satisfaction. I am so thankful that this summer I got to see her grow, and walk away a completely changed woman. She has truly become a Proverbs 31 woman, and is a woman who is meant to be respected, and served. I pray for her often, and can not wait to stand beside her through life!
Another huge blessing that I actually got to experience with Lindsey was being baptized. It was a moment in life that I will never forget. For us to all make a very public proclamation of our faith and do this was so beautiful. Seven of us were baptized in the Atlantic Ocean, and it was a moment that will forever unite all of us as a family. Seeing Lindsey be dunked in the water was so beautiful, and it was such a picture of God’s love for us. Each person that was baptized that day each had completely different walks with the Lord, and we came together in that moment to glorify God with that choice of baptism. I am so thankful that I got to be there with Lindsey, and everyone else, and just truly experience the joy of His presence, and most importantly His redemtion.
Heavenly Father, I praise you for the precious gift of my Yin Gee! She has truly impacted my life, and I praise you for allowing our paths to cross, and in many ways unite. She has a story that will transform lives, and lead them on a path closer to you. She has such a passion for people, and serving them that it’s a portrait of you and your unchanging love for us. You constantly reach after us, and want us to want you, and I thank you the Lindsey has made the decision to want you, and love you. Father it was such a blessing to see her get baptized, and to see her life radically change throughout the course of summer project! It was such an awesome experience and one that I will forever praise you for. Lord you are so gracious, and loving, and I know that you are going to work miracles through Lindsey’s life, and her walk. I pray that you continue to guide her, and that she continually follow. Lord your plans for her are greater than anyone that she could plan for herself, and I thank you for that. You’re so amazing, and I truly praise you for giving me an amazing sister like Lindsey to love, and to be loved by. I say all these things in your son’s name, Amen!
“‘Cause even the stars they burn
Some even fall to the earth
We’ve got a lot to learn
God knows we’re worth it
No, I won’t give up”
-I Wont Give Up, Jason Mraz