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EARTH SUIT vs SPACE SUIT: Increasing Tension
5/29/2020 3:50:00 PM by: Leona Choy

As our years accumulate, we experience increasing tension between two outfits—aspects of our lives. They compete for first place in our attention and determines the amount of time we devote in nurturing either one. 

Most of us are obviously more familiar with our “earth suit,” our mortal flesh bodies, since we have been entrusted at least after childhood, with their care and feeding and maintenance. Many in this world know of nothing else beyond their bodies. They have not been told, or they have rejected the truth that each human being also has an immortal, undying soul that will live on eternally elsewhere. They give little or no thought to the indisputable fact that our “earth suit” is terminal. We have no choice. It will have to be laid aside at some point in earth time.

“All that is within me” (Psalm 103:1) and all the externals that make up my body will wear out, give out, and stop working well as time goes on. I should do my best to keep my aging organs in working order and do what I can to repair anything that goes wrong, but I should not be obsessed about it. Too often I give inordinate attention to my health or the lack thereof. It is hard to accept the decline of my body and mind. Nevertheless, that condition is what we can all expect as human beings as a result of sin in the Garden of Eden.

We sometimes feel a tap on our shoulder or a reminder of our mortality at a birthday, or with the onset of an illness, or simply by the turn of a calendar page. We wake up one day and take a closer look in the mirror and be shocked to see that time and gravity is taking its toll.

Seeking more definitive, up to date medical facts, I thought I'd ask my trusty friend Google what is likely to happen or what will inevitably happen in and to my “earth suit” as time marches relentlessly on. I typed into Search: “Expectations of the aging body.” I fully anticipated that this ubiquitous, apparently all-knowing source would give me the straight stuff.

I found more than I bargained for—some shocking medical, physical, psychological, and social facts. Some were depressing with their realism yet not totally despairing. Google links offered some worthwhile, practical counsel since there are things I can do to circumvent some of it. There are maintenance procedures to help slow the pace of the slippery slide, if not to fix it, then at least to manage the decline.

The “Serenity Prayer” becomes ever more relevant: Some things we still can change; increasingly there are more things that we can no longer change but must accept; we need wisdom to know the difference.

For the care and feeding and nurturing of the part of my life that the mirror can't reveal, I must go to a different source. It's literally above Google's pay grade to help me. Google is limited: it doesn't know all; it's not all powerful, and it doesn't really care about me personally. For sure, Google doesn't love me. It can't help me do anything about the shocking information it provides for me.

The True Source I need also begins with “GO”- like GOogle. It is GOD! 

He is the One who blessed human beings, distinct from all the other creatures of His creation, with an undying, incorruptible soul. He provides my “space suit,” one suitable for wherever in space or time God has prepared our Eternal Dwelling Place.

We are growing more concerned and anxious these days as we are at least moving closer to emerging from the emergency of the COVID-19 epidemic. What is life going to be like “on the other side” of this sheltered place we have become so accustomed to? A greater concern should be, are we ready for “life after life” when we move out of this familiar earthly comfort zone? God, who created us with our “space suit” soul, is the only One who can tell us how to prepare his or her eternal soul for the new atmosphere of Heaven. More of my time should be focused on this priority preparation. It is God, the Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent One, who can empower my launch into the Eternal Dimension when the time comes for my “earth suit” body to be laid aside.

Actually, it should be no contest on which part of my life I should concentrate. My “earth suit” is temporal, impermanent, of the stuff of this earth. It will disintegrate and decay and return to dust in spite of the good care I give it. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18; 5:1, 2) On the contrary, my “space suit” (not literal, of course) is durable and indestructible, although it is invisible.

One size will fit all because its label reads “Designed Exclusively by Jesus,” the Architect and Builder of the Place (John 14: 1-4) which He promised to prepare for us who trust in Him. He supplies us with our everlasting outfit that will endure the lift-off and its trajectory toward Heaven and never wear out!


Comments

Dot From Dan At 5/30/2020 5:45:32 AM

OMG Leona. I woke up in my earth suit and checked all its parts. Still breathing, had a dream last night that Stanley had died. In truth he actually did die this year at 100. Can still walk with a little pain. Already had my Ovaltine with coffee. Already pooped. Earth suit has many aspects to

Reply by: Leona Choy

Since we haven't met on earth, I hope I'll recognize your space suit when we meet in Heaven. Since we're both nonagenarians, maybe we'll be fitted with age-30 space suits for Eternity. That would be cool, huh? Glad your mostly ok from your tumble last week. Take care,girl. You are "Fragile=Handle with Care!"

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