Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I'll Have a New Body

"...no matter what happens, God will raise your body and preserve your life for his eternal fellowship....God's riches in glory are inexhaustible.  He really means for us not to worry about our future."
-John Piper, Future Grace

Don't forget to read my sister's thoughts on this chapter here!

This is one of my favorite chapters in Future Grace because it deals with battling anxiety, a sin that I constantly fall prey to and feel like I blog about a lot!  My anxiety focuses on a lot of things, but mostly on what could happen in the future.  The above quotes from the chapter are so comforting to me and really hit home for me in an unusual way this week.

Lately, I've started to worry a lot about getting older and dealing with my cerebral palsy.  I have a mild form of it (if you want to read more about CP, click here.)  Honestly, I don't often think about this part of my life a lot (unless I'm trying to do something fun, like change a light bulb by balancing on a chair.  Or dance.  Or wear red high heels.  My brain usually responds to these endeavors by saying, "Heck no.  I'm damaged, remember?  This whole balancing/moving thing is not going to be as easy as you think!  Must...send...muscles...weird signals!")

However, the last leg of the pregnancy with my son seemed to aggravate things.  More weight on my hips and looser ligaments resulted in my barely being able to walk by the end of the day (I'm sure chasing a toddler around had something to do with it too!)  There were days when I had to have Hubs walk behind me on the stairs because I was afraid I wouldn't make it up them without stumbling.

It is days like that when I really, really hang on to God's promise to transform our bodies at the next resurrection.  I hang onto them when I think about how I have a family member with rheumatoid arthritis and fear developing that condition in addition to the CP.  I hang onto them when I consider the possibility of having another child and wonder if my body could handle that again.

I remember that God will raise my body and instead of this broken one I will have a glorious, eternal body with which to worship the Lord.  So I don't really need to worry about that part of my life, or any part for that matter.  If the worst (death) happens, it will be the final river I have to cross since I trust Jesus as my Savior.  It can only get better from here.  My life will be preserved, my body transformed and I will see Jesus (I'm hoping to rock some red high heels up in Heaven too.)

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life...or about your body."

1 comment:

  1. This is really beautifully said, Nicole. I LOVE this chapter now, but that was not the case when I first read Future Grace years ago. When I got to the section where Piper explains that anxiety is actually the sin of unbelief, I threw the book across the floor! (Obviously I had pride/anger issues as well!) However, after thinking about it for a bit, I fortunately picked the book back up and continued on :-) and to this day one of my favorite verses is Philippians 4:6