While sitting at my desk I can hear winter retreating before the advancement of spring. There are drips of water falling from the foot of snow from our roof unto the copper covering of the window behind me. The dripping sound reinforces the clichéd name Old Man Winter. Little by little winter is losing its grip. While it is true we could possibly get yet another snow storm it would be like a delusional old man pretending he is still attractive to young ladies. Winter is doomed to become history.
I just paid a Massachusetts excise tax on my car. It is true. Taxes and death are a surety. Just as the taxman cometh so does our local mortician. Old Man Winter and I have much in common. His strength is ebbing and so is mine. Lest I sound overly morbid I need to say I have an advantage over Old Man Winter. He is doomed. Quite to the contrary I am not for I know something he does not know. I know about Jesus. Oh to joy.
This ebbing of strength, this graying of hair (what is left), is only a temporary condition. Soon my man-made knees will be replaced and I will leap and fly like an eagle. “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31. The really good part is that will be an eternal condition. Last week I sat behind a man my age and looked at his full head of hair and I thought, “You just wait. I too will be like that again.” Following Jesus is loaded with benefits.
Written by Roger Bothwell on March 11, 2015
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