No Stomach Bugs in Heaven

1 Corinthians 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 

A few Wednesdays ago I was enjoying my coffee and texting my parents when within in about five-minutes my body went from feeling fine to wanting to vomit.

I did drive members who serve with me on Wednesdays up to the prison, but then came home and immediately “revisited my breakfast.” An hour later I was bringing them back and felt a little better (you can’t get van transportation from the prison) but while going to get a second load had to pull over and puke in the road (not my proudest moment).

As you can imagine I spent the whole day resting, even calling off Bible study, and felt much better that night. The next morning I got up with lots of energy ready to catch up on my to-do list but by 10:00 was back in bed again for most of the day! My body didn’t actually get back to normal till that Sunday.

Its incredibly frustrating when you want to get things done…but your body won’t cooperate

My four day stomach bug did teach me some important things however:

  1. Do the work now, you may not have it later
  2. There is nothing wrong with rest
  3. Along the same lines its better to rest and get your body back to 100% than try to work while still sick
  4. And take your bodies health very seriously

But my bug also made me long for heaven where my broken down (deteriorating) weak body will be replaced with a glorified one that lasts for eternity.

The truth is everything around us (bodies included) are constantly breaking down…and that cannot stop no matter how seriously we take our health.

So through the pepto-bismol and dry toast may our voices join our weary bodies in crying out “Maranatha! Even so come Lord Jesus.”

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