“There is nothing, naturally speaking, that makes us lose heart quicker than decay—the decay of bodily beauty, of natural life, of friendship, of associations, all these things make a man lose heart; but Paul says when we are trusting in Jesus Christ these things do not find us discouraged, light comes through them.”
I love pictures of new growth that comes up after a fire. There’s something so hopeful about the pop of green life rising out of the dark black of destruction and hardship.
Decay is natural in the physical and spiritual life. I think it’s important to recognize that there will be times of destruction. We will face difficulties. Things will break, friends will fall away, loved ones will die, and our bodies will start to wilt over time. Can we minimize the impact of these events?
Sure! Slowing the aging process can be done in a multitude of ways (some good… some terrible). The pain of death and other hardships can be met with an attitude of gratitude (for a life or a circumstance) or with bitterness, anger, and resentment.
When I look at the natural order here on Earth, I see new beautiful life coming from a dead lifeless landscape as portrayed in the picture above. I want to live my life with that picture. That even though I may “go through a fire”, there is lovely life on the other side.