Psalm 90:3-4 NLT
You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals!” For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours.
Recently as I walked down London’s Oxford Street, shopping with my daughter, engulfed in a sea of humanity, I wondered at the purpose and intent of the crowds; dust on the move. In our secular age, many fail to appreciate that each one of us is nothing more than a collection of molecules, whose ultimate destiny is a return to dust. As the funeral service declares: “...we therefore commit [this] body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ’. These are not empty words, but a reflection of God’s truth revealed in scripture (Genesis 3:19).
As fellow shoppers bumped me, I was reminded of all that God can accomplish in mere mortals. No more than dust in essence, we can live a full life, contribute, produce, love and laugh, yet all with little awareness of our fragile constitution. That is until trauma awakens us to our vulnerability and we have to determine the degree to which we address and survive that crisis. This can take time and demands decisions, one of which requires me to take a view of who I am to God and who God is to me.
The assurance I have is that God is eternal and while dust is my mortal end, I have an eternal destiny though my physical body decays. Returning to the funeral service I am encouraged as the officiant declares: ‘…in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall change our vile body, that it may be like unto his glorious body, according to the mighty working, whereby he is able to subdue all things to himself.’
QUESTION: Are you intimidated by the passing of the years?
PRAYER: By your grace may I be resilient when challenges yet to unfold crash in on my life on earth. Thank you for your eternal resources available to help me safely navigate my way through each day, and for your resurrection promises.