In talking with my mom yesterday, she told me she was tested for a painful disease, Polymyalgia Rheumatica. My great-grandmother had it, my grandmother has it, and it is highly possible that my mom has it as well. The symptoms have shown themselves, after she has JUST finally weaned from prednisone, a steroid drug that she has been on for over a decade prescribed to manage a rare auto-immune disease she has called Eosinophilic Pneumonia. One victory (off prednisone), could be the door opened right into another health issue.
I hurt for my mom, and of course I pray she doesn’t have it!
It got me to thinking….
Is this part of our preparation for Heaven…a body breaking down? Does the brokenness, the breaking down, make the idea of a body made new so wonderfully appealing?
I am aging. (I know, haha, we ALL are, since the minute we are born). I approach a new decade and a somewhat momentous birthday soon. I am ashamed to admit that I have been dwelling on this quite a bit. Actually, I am kind of lamenting this birthday. Me, the one who has always said, “Oh, you are just one day older than the day before!” I find myself just looking in the mirror and I thinking “When did that happen!” I feel GREAT! I just look….older. Go figure, I am actually older than I was 10 years ago!!! 🙂
Do each of these struggles….the health, the breakdown of our bodies, aging leave us yearning for Heaven? It makes me yearn just a little more for a resurrected, restored, and newly made body. Of course, I desire to spend eternity with Jesus…but that is almost incomprehensible. When thinking about death, the human side of me always has a hard time imagining leaving those that I love behind. I just love them so much!!! However, a body restored! No pain, no aging! I remember my youth, having my health. I have experience and memories of a body that could do whatever, that had no blemishes of age. I would love that body again! I am so looking forward to a new body!
There are benefits to age. The older I am, the more secure I am in who God created me to be. His work in my life is definitely a blessing of a life lived longer. I have more answered prayers, a closer relationship to Jesus, more of a story. I was just pondering the process of life. It is amazing.
All of this aside, I am excited for the place He is preparing for ME in Heaven!
But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
2 Peter 3v13
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me, that you may also be where I am. John 14 v 3