From Hannah Bansil
Psalm 27:4‘One thing I have asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.’
Luke 9:62 ‘Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Lent is a time when we choose to renounce some of our comforts and experience both a small amount of suffering and hopefully increased obedience. But Lent is a short time. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what long-suffering and long-obedience look like. These thoughts have largely been triggered by the recent funeral of my grandmother Joyce Warren. She died at the age of 83, after 63 years of marriage, a faithful servant of Christ and a woman of hospitality, joy, and prayer. That is a long obedience. What powers that kind of faithfulness? What enabled her to put her hand to the plow and not look back?
Like the psalmist she had a single minded desire to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to inquire of him. She knew the bible, chapter and verse, and was always hungry to study and learn more. Standing in her bedroom after her death I looked at the wall above her large bookshelf and saw an embroidered image of 2 Timothy 2:15 ‘Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.’ She was also powered by prayer. Nothing was too small or too great for prayer. From lost kittens to world peace she talked with God about it (and was also famous for her imprecatory prayers). Finally, she was consumed by the beauty of Christ and his forgiveness. She longed to be with him and spoke constantly of heaven and the resurrection. She was following a savior who put his hand to the plow and never looked back even to the point of death. That is the long obedience.
I am currently enjoying a sabbatical from life and spending my time reading, travelling and rock climbing. I live in Allston with my husband Amit.