As I looked at this photo taken yesterday at Inchydoney I was reminded of the verse:
“People are like grass;
their beauty is like a flower in the field.
The grass withers and the flower fades…”
At times it seems that all around us are reminders of the transient and fragile nature of life. To see deteriorating health in those that were once so strong, whether people or animals, can be a difficult thing to have to deal with. I never cease to be in awe of those who face death with both great courage and deep peace. I wonder how I would react if I was addressed with that awful doctor’s euphemism, “I think you should get your affairs in order”? I’d like to think it would be a spiritual experience and maybe it would, but I’m sure too that I would scrape and rebound through each of the ‘the five stages’, Denial & Isolation, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and perhaps (God willing) finally Acceptance.
The destination is perhaps what shapes the journey most of all. If I were an atheist I would ponder the dissolution of myself to nothing, if I were an agnostic I simply wouldn’t know what to think, but as one who stumbles, trips and hobbles after the Lord Jesus, I know that He is the way, the truth and the life.
The verse I quoted at the beginning is from 1 Peter 1:24. The verse that goes before it reads:
For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.
Yes this life is fleetingly fragile, but new life in God, that is something different altogether. Perhaps we don’t fade away after all and for the one who puts their faith and trust in Christ, death is not just an ending, but a new beginning.