Monday, June 16, 2014

Monday Moment: These Earthly Bodies

This body that I live in decided to come down with bacterial tonsillitis. In June. The nerve! Super high fever in June in Texas= blahyucknasty. It also equals turning down the A/C to the mid-60s while sitting in front of a box fan hugging one of those frozen ice blocks you put in coolers to keep drinks cold. Yeah. I've left this view from my couch only to work, shove a few dishes in the dishwasher, keep the laundry going, and pet and feed dogs. 

These earthly bodies we're staying in, huh? They're incredible, perplexing, exasperating, beautiful things. I'm amazed at how age draws lines on our bodies. How injury and illness carve parting scars. How blood lines birth predispositions. I'm in awe of how vulnerable bodies are... how fragile breath seems, and yet how strong these bodies can be... how resistant to attack and how indomitable the spirit they house can remain.

I have a friend who believes war is coming. Hunger. Illness. Suffering unlike anything we've seen. I'm inclined to agree. Some days I give in to fear for my body... and those of the ones I love. So I drag my carved-fragile-resistant-indomitable body to the couch, sigh a sigh, and pray. And I read. And somehow, tonsillitis and threats from within and without and worry about these earthly bodies quiets and I am confident again...

So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies 
we are not at home with the Lord. For we live by believing and not by seeing. 
Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, 
for then we will be at home with the Lord. 
So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please Him.
-2 Corinthians 5:6-10


Unknown said...

Hope you are feeling better soon!

Adrienne said...

Take care of yourself and get well! And keep praying - I'm doing the same.

Unknown said...

Hope your feeling better soon!!! Great post, and all so true!

Patsy from Illinois said...

Hate that you sick in gardening season. Praying you recover quickly.
Our earthly bodies take a beating for sure. I am 63 and walk with a limp because of a bad knee and hip. I breathe thru a trach tube after 7 throat surgeries and never smoked. But no point in whining about it. I live by myself, put out a garden, hang clothes on the line, do my own shopping and most everything else.
If the war and hunger comes, just remember He is always there. Everything else is temporary. He is forever.

Lulu said...

feel better soon....i too am praying..

sherry. said...

hoping you're feeling better brin. :)

Anonymous said...

I think about us being on the brink of war and a breakdown of society and get freaked out too

Anonymous said...

Brin, I like your spirit. You have made this gal feel better just by reading your blog. I knew suffering had a greater purpose, but I needed the reminder. Keep at it.