I've written about the idolatry of comfort before, but that danger mostly threatens when we feel entitled to comfort in our every pursuit. This is not the same as needing it when our hearts are troubled. My husband's sweet, wonderful Grandma DeVries passed away this week, and so Nicholas and I and his family are praying for comfort in a more imminent sense.
We were unable to return to Indiana for the visitation and funeral. It was so hard to feel the distance when we wanted to be present to comfort, grieve, and just be with his family. It's been a trying week, filled with a mixture of sorrow (saying goodbye for now is heart-wrenching), relief (she's not in any pain, nor will she ever be in pain again), and joy (she's been restored and is worshipping with Jesus).
What we needed for comfort this past week was this reminder:
We know where to look for (and find) comfort. We have an endless supply of comfort from the Father. "In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus."
I loved this excerpt from Spurgeon. More often than not, his daily devotionals are precisely pertinent to life. This week was no exception.
The object of the faithful man's solicitude in life and death is not his body or his estate, but his spirit; this is his choice treasure— if this be safe, all is well. What is this mortal state compared with the soul? [...] It is peaceful living, and glorious dying, to repose in the care of heaven.
"But [her] spirit; this is [her] choice treasure—if this be safe, all is well." We need not worry about Grandma. She is under the care of the Great Physician, and she is experiencing the fullness of grace that we can only look forward to. We have so many sweet memories of her: her hugs, her homemade jam, her love of gardening, and "grandma bread." These memories (and many others) are wonderful, but they only hint at the sweetness of Heaven that she is now experiencing.
And there is no sweeter comfort for us now than what is found in His promises. God promises to supply our every need, now, and forevermore in heaven. More from Spurgeon:
They rejoice also to feast upon the fullness of this covenant, for they see in it all things provided for them. God is their portion, Christ their companion, the Spirit their Comforter, Earth their lodge, and Heaven their home .
Grandma is truly home. And that gives us reason to rejoice.
Despite my writing in the previous post that fall felt like it passed the baton to winter, we've actually had some rather warm and sunny weather here. Trying to enjoy the ease of outdoor time without winter layers, just yet!
In some very real ways, autumn felt like it lasted for only a few weeks. September was a very warm month–hot even–and then our temperatures quickly dipped from the seventies to the low fifties and forties. I love this time of year, so I savored any adventure we had amongst the fall color.
This past weekend, my parents and brother made the drive down from my original home state of Minnesota for a visit with us! The weather and the fall colors were beautiful throughout the entire visit, so we spent lots of time outdoors.