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Archive for January, 2015

Sometimes Mourning Is Better

Do you ever come across a passage of scripture that makes very little sense?

In high school, I was confused by a passage in Ecclesiates, “It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart” (7:2 NIV). Why would it be better to be in a place of sadness? 

I received my answer a few years ago when my Grandmother passed away. She was a wonderful woman of God and there was no doubt that she was with the Father. However, we still mourned her leaving and it was hard to say goodbye. But during that time, I found myself finding the comfort we receive from God knowing that He’s promised eternal life through His son, Jesus Christ. I also found myself questioning the earthly possessions and things I had been doing in order to gain a more heavenly perspective. I also found my church family supporting us and loving on us in ways that truly blessed us.

When I look back on the event, it still fills me with sadness. However, the verse finally made sense. It’s not that being in a place of mourning is nicer or easier, but it is better. It’s better for our hearts to grasp how fragile life can be and how good God is.

My Grandfather just passed away two days ago. His funeral is on Friday. We greatly miss him, but we know he’s with my Grandmother and with the Father. I bring up this lesson I learned years ago because it had comforted me greatly then, and it’s comforting me greatly now.

Copyright 2015 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.

Lamp For My Feet

Have you ever been someplace dark? Or worse, lost in the dark?

It could be in the woods, in a warehouse, or even a cave. In those moments, the only thing one would care about, is finding a light source. Without light, it becomes very easy to stumble and lose the way. Choosing a huge flashlight or flood lamp would make most sense. It’s comforting to be able to see everything and anything that is going on.

However, I noticed a very particular word choice in Psalm 119, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (119:105 NIV). While this verse has been a great comfort to believers over the years, this passage hit me in a less comforting way. Notice how the psalmist did not say that this light was a “lamp to the entire path,” or even “for ten feet out or so.”

No, this lamp was only for the feet. In other words, God’s guidance does not reveal the entire path to show what will come, but just for the next step ahead. This way, we learn to trust Him through this path that He’s using to lead us home.

Copyright 2015 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.

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