I Groan because of COVID

2 Corinthians 5:2-3 For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened,

Paul uses the words house and tent to describe our physical body, and he said while we live in these physical bodies we groan. The older we get the more we understand what that means. More aches and pains, and so we groan, longing for our new, glorified body that won’t get old, get tired, get sick, or get ugly. Occasionally something comes along that ups the “groan factor,” like COVID and we all tend to wonder why.

Philippians 2:27 For indeed he was sick to the point of death,

Paul’s friend was sick to the point of death, many people die from sickness. Everybody is going to die from something.

Very few things in life do I dislike as much as being sick, and I groan. But this bout of sickness is close to being finished, just a little headache this morning, all the other consequences of COVID are over, and I anticipate being as good as new in a couple of days. But it is just a matter of time until the next bout of something comes around, and one of them is going to be the last one.

The cool thing for me as my life unfolds event after event is that I have no fear of death. I am looking forward to being done with this life and moving into the next phase of God’s plan for me. There is the nervousness of a new experience, not knowing exactly how it is all going to unfold, but I have no fear of dying. I am curious and wonder what form my death will take. My Dad died of cancer and almost every relative has as well so the probability of cancer is high. I might get hit by a car as I ride my bicycle across the USA this summer.

The main thing for me is that I finish this race called life at a sprint, living life with a purpose.

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