Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (NIV)
When I read the above verses the other day, I could only say, Amen! As I grow older, I am experiencing a lot more physical problems. I need a pill in the morning to combat the stiffness I feel from sleeping all night. If it's a nice day and I go outside, I immediately experience a sneezing fit. But rainy days wreck havoc on my arthritis, and I can't do anything that requires "elbow grease." And let's not even talk about how different foods now affect my body. I can't go out to eat without my trusty antacids in my purse. I can rarely enjoy my guilty pleasure, ice cream. What's a person to do? My only hope is for science to come up with a whole-body transplant!
All kidding aside, the Bible tells us that our earthly bodies are temporal. They will waste away. But we have the hope of a new body when Christ returns. As Paul writes in I Corinthians 15:42-44
"So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. (NIV)"
My hope lies not in medical science, but in the Lord. In the end, I will get my whole-body transplant!
Lord, I look forward to my new body I will enjoy in Heaven with You!"