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Listen while you read: "O Breath Of Life"1 (Lyrics)
At 186,000 kilometres, my car is starting to make funny noises. It seems that my car is more in the garage being repaired than it is at home. I faithfully have the oil changed every 5,000 kilometres, and the motor is still in good condition, but the body of the car is wearing down slowly and starting to show its age. I've known for some time that at some point I will have to "bite the bullet" and look for a new car.
As I reminisced about bygone days and what this car has gone through, I wondered what would happen to the car once I traded it in and bought a new one. Would the car be hauled off to the junk yard, or would it be dissected for parts that can be recycled and installed into other cars?
The day finally arrived when my husband and I decided that it was time to buy a new car. As I thought about purchasing a new car, I considered how the body of my old car compares to my body here on earth. When I was young, I was hardly sick. Now that I am past the age of sixty, I get little aches and pains here and there, and they are more frequent. My brain is slowing down. I see faces, but for some reason, the names have escaped somewhere into cyberspace. I remember the tune of a song, but I can't remember who sang it. Sometimes, when I wake up in the morning, I have to think what day it is. My body is wearing down, just like my old car.
But we are different from cars. We are not mechanical bodies. We are bodies of flesh and blood. Even though our bodies wear down and will someday cease to exist on this planet, we have a promise from our Saviour:
John 14:1-3 – Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. (NLT)
One day, we will have a new body — a body that will never wear out or decay or die. We will live forever. Are you anticipating that day?
2 Corinthians 5:1 – For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. (NLT)
Prayer: Father in heaven, we look forward to that day when our life on earth is done and we will live with You forever and ever. Amen.