The Best Is Yet to Come

Life is fragile, handle with prayer.
June 3-4
Okay, some of you aren't going to like my post today.  It's not intended as a downer, but rather a reality moment remembering it's part of God's plan for us to get old and to depart this life. Life is full of endings and new beginnings. We graduate from school, retire from jobs, complete courses, and pass from earth.  Earthly living is a temporary status.

Actually, this passage really spoke to me as my husband and I can hardly move after two intense days of moving outdoor furniture, pressure washing, painting, weeding, etc. Our bodies ached so badly we could hardly get into bed.  We have laughed our way through the pain though and thanked God for what we've accomplished!

Ecclesiastes 12The Message (MSG)

 Honor and enjoy your Creator while you’re still young,
Before the years take their toll and your vigor wanes,
Before your vision dims and the world blurs
And the winter years keep you close to the fire.
 In old age, your body no longer serves you so well.
Muscles slacken, grip weakens, joints stiffen.
The shades are pulled down on the world.
You can’t come and go at will. Things grind to a halt.
The hum of the household fades away.
You are wakened now by bird-song.
Hikes to the mountains are a thing of the past.
Even a stroll down the road has its terrors.
Your hair turns apple-blossom white,
Adorning a fragile and impotent matchstick body.
Yes, you’re well on your way to eternal rest,
While your friends make plans for your funeral.
 Life, lovely while it lasts, is soon over.
Life as we know it, precious and beautiful, ends.
The body is put back in the same ground it came from.
The spirit returns to God, who first breathed it.

The plaque in our planter says, "Life is fragile, handle with prayer."  Our prayers cover a multitude of categories. The salvation prayer, where we thank Jesus for his saving grace and dying for our sins and surrender to Him as Lord of our lives, is the one that allows us to read Ecclesiastes 12 with confidence and not cower.  For we know, the best is yet to come!