“Everything that is great in life is the product of slow growth; the newer, and greater, and higher, and nobler the work, the slower is its growth, the surer is its lasting success. Mushrooms attain their full power in a night; oaks require decades. A fad lives its life in a few weeks; a philosophy lives through generations and centuries.”William George Jordan
In the early days of man’s existence, lives lasted for hundreds of years. Now that isn’t necessary. Our world population is huge, but it took time to build nations. It started with one man and one woman and years of baby steps. Had that first couple allowed their creator to govern their souls, we would be ageless today. Think of living for centuries in a world without sin.
Because of man’s disobedience, death became a part of life. So we journey through our existence, taking small steps so that we can reach our goals, evade sickness, enjoy life and maybe even make a name for ourselves. However, death is lurking in the darkness and will call on each of us at some time.
We don’t expect it to come when we’re young, because we think we’re invincible. Our middle years are filled with time consuming careers and family and it isn’t convenient. As we grow into our waning years, we ferment in thoughts of it until we convince ourselves that every ache or pain indicates some terrible disease. What we forget is that we have no control over the hour or the day, so we continue to take baby steps.
Now, however, we are no longer setting goals for this life, but the next. God has promised every human soul a future – a place where we will be ageless and living in a world without sin – a new world provided for us by the One we originally disobeyed and later spat upon.
God grasps us with His mighty hand. He leads us through this veil of tears. He determines when we are ready. He provides a way for us to get there. Death no longer has an everlasting sting and we can depart in peace.