In the post titled A change of Life, A most comforting Eulogy I shared how our daughter, Holly, in the death of her earthly body, has been given the opportunity to say, “taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 38:4) I hope it left you with a desire to say this as well.
I promised to follow with a short post on how to begin to taste and see that the Lord is good. This I found was not an easy task. I tried to describe the path laid out in the Bible, supported with text and verse. It may have been theologically correct but rather than tasting good is seemed more like sawdust. So, what do I say? In spite of the sadness, Holly seemed to keep her sights on the goodness of God. Holly encouraged us to accept the path that the Lord had for her. She hoped for a long time with Jeff and Mateo but she also said, early on in her illness, that the Lord does not make mistakes. During this time, the word of God played a vital role in preparing the table before us. The author to the Hebrews says, “the Word of God is living and powerful” and that it understands what is going on in our hearts. (Hebrews 4:12-13) If I allow myself time to read it, it is like the Lord knows my thoughts and is speaking directly to me. Sometimes the words are comforting like a “still small voice” saying, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” At others times the words are cutting like “a sharp two edged sword.” They mold and shape like the hands of a potter molding and shaping a lump of clay, shoring us up when It feels like we are going to fall apart. The words show us “the path of life,” where”at the Lord’s right hand there are pleasures forever more.” When we think that we have something great to say, the words punch us down and humble our pride. Yet, those who persist with God’s word, do experience God in a living and powerful way that gives one a taste of His goodness.