Almost nothing lasts forever. Wood rots. Metal rusts. Flowers fade. Fences fall. Buildings crumble. Pets die. So do people. Such is the nature of life in this world. We wish it were not so.
I could whine about all the things around our house that have worn out and need to be replaced. Thirty years ago, I thought things would last forever. So we tackle them, one by one. Who knew so much energy is spent in mere maintainence?
Our longing as human beings and our hope as Christians is for that condition of shalom that I described in an earlier post from May 11, 2019. https://dottieloveladyrogers.com/2019/05/11/give-shalom-a-chance/ We mistakenly believe we can achieve that utopia in this life. We can make it better. We can’t make it perfect.
Our true citizenship is in another Kingdom. That’s where most of my efforts should be directed. (Matthew 6:33 But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. ESV)
This world is not permanent. It will all pass away. (Rev. 21:1) Don’t hold on so tightly to this world that you miss the other one.
Isa 40:7 – 8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass. 8. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever. NIV