PRAISE GOD FOR ANOTHER WRINKLE!
I recently read a blog by Max Lucado that helped me look at death in a bit of a different way. He focuses on aging as a blessing instead of a curse. We know it entered with the curse when man sinned, but it really shows God’s grace for it allows us to be reunited with Him instead of living forever on this earth separated from Him.
Max Lucado likened our bodies to a bulb planted in a garden which weakens and crumbles. We are glad to have this happen because from the dead bulb comes something beautiful and wondrous. If it didn’t go through the aging and dying process it would just remain a plain, unproductive bulb taking up space somewhere. It was created to die so new life could pour forth from it. It wasn’t created to just remain a plain bulb forever.
What if those in heaven saw our bodies like we see a bulb planted in the earth? What if they could see us, would they become excited with anticipation as we weaken and crumble physically, knowing that the time of our death is near? Do they rejoice because this process produces our release to be what we were ultimately created to be? So each new wrinkle or pain, the medical tests that come back less than perfect, the growing limitations we feel – these are good signs to rejoice for that means our time of blossoming forth is getting near. These bodies are weak and getting weaker. In fact, they begin to decay the minute we are born. God has a reason for that.
It’s God’s plan. It’s why He created the aging process. He wanted to bring us home in a more beautiful state, something to last for all eternity. But wanted to make sure that while w are still on this earth we remember we are heading in that direction. Every wrinkle or ache and pain means we are one step closer to that last step when Jesus will change these weak bodies into eternal bodies. No more pain, or sickness, or tears. Only joy and bless. And of that there will be NO end!
Philippians 3:21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
1 Corinthians 15:36-54 What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. … he body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. … For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality,
How do you feel about getting older? Would you rather live on this life forever separated from God? Does death scare you? Remember what is on the other side – your eternal resurrection body. Each new wrinkle brings you that much closer to finally possessing it!
by Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer, Christian Training Organization