Posted this on my Facebook, but after reading it again myself decided that ‘blog’ folks might want to see it too.
Our neighbors are doing some construction in preparation for a new tenant. The only problem with construction is the de-construction, or in layman’s terms ‘destruction’. There has been a pile of trash over the back retaining wall for a couple weeks, but today they picked it up and hauled it off, except for the windows, which I suspect will go soon too.
Currently we have several acquaintances and many friends who are in the ‘destruction’ stage. Their bodies have given out in one way or another and have even been attacked by bugs, virus’, disease, much like a house that has termites or vermin of all sorts.
A house is much easier to fix and feels no pain or discouragement. It is inanimate and without spirit. We are animate and are spirit and so very complicated in our created construction that so many things can go wrong. In a house you have lumber, steel, plumbing, wiring, paint, caulk, glass, porcelain, tile, shingles, etc. and it is limited and someone can fix it. But if you say ‘shingles’ about the condition of a person, that’s a different category all together. Our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made. When something goes wrong, finding the source AND being able to do anything to fix it calls for myriad of knowledge and much more, the grace, mercy and healing of the Creator.
At 67 my body is mad at me most of the time these days. It doesn’t like hard labor, or for that matter going to the grocery store. Darn that Eve…sin came in and our body, our flesh is going to die. I believe the reason Jesus cried when Lazarus died, is not because He Jesus had lost a friend, but because He was going to raise Lazarus and then Lazarus would just have to die again, but in the meantime he would deteriorate and be dust again. In our funeral services we say from dust to dust, and at the beginning of Lent we get ashes with the same idea, ‘from dust you came to dust you will return’.
So, here is the most important thing for us to know…as our immortal souls live on…as surely as this mortal dies.
Jude 1:20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.