Recently a series of unfortunate events caught my attention. Joy’s car broke down (for the last time), our 4 year old pool pump motor stopped working, as did the robot which cleans the pool (was the pool sending us a subliminal message: do not open me?) the leaf blower blew, the stitching in the front of my Dockers wore out, (making them an open-toe shoe) my favorite summer golf shirt got a hole in it, and the milk in the refrigerator went bad (again). What dawned on me is that things in life have an expiration date. Worse than that, relationships expire. Our bodies even expire.
How do we live in light of the temporal? Take heart, God is eternal. Instead of singing the blues when things break or go bad – join the chorus of ancient Israel: “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever”. (Psalm 136) When you are disappointed from rewards points that disappear, remember that what we do for God carries an eternal reward. Canned goods have a shelf life, but our prayers have no such “good until” date. Online service may be interrupted by storms, but our connection with God keeps going in spite of life’s storms. While a long-term relationship may be severed by divorce, disagreement, or discontent – Jesus says: I will be with you always. (Matthew 28:20) For those who place their trust in Jesus, even physical death is only an interruption; awaiting resurrection and reunion.
When the finite disappoints, think infinite. As another ancient hymn says: Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. (I Timothy 1:17) The God of the Bible, who had no beginning and who has no end, is not going anywhere – not now, not ever.