1 Peter 1:24-25
24The Scriptures say, “Humans wither like grass,
and their glory fades
like wild flowers.
Grass dries up,
and flowers fall
to the ground.
25But what the Lord has said
will stand forever.”
Our good news to you is what the Lord has said.
We just got back from our ski vacation at the Pocanos. Other than the stomach bug my father, stepmother and I shared over the course of the week, it was a great time with lots of skiing. Really could have done without the stomach bug, but any ski trip that doesn’t result in broken bones or sprains is a good trip. We left on Saturday with tons of snow still coating the slopes and a longing to do one more run.
But when we got home, only an hour and half away, the snow was all but small gray lumps in the shaded areas of the lawns. What I saw was grass–wonderful grass–and some crocus peeking out of some flower beds. Getting out of the car into a world that hinted of spring brightened my spirit (not that my spirit wasn’t bright enough already from vacation, but you know…)
I could feel spring just around the corner.
After this winter, I did feel like withered grass and a wilted flower. I’m tired and ready for my soul to be warmed.
Peter is writing this letter to “God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.” At our church retreat, we were trying to explain to our youth that they are, in fact, foreigners who are visiting this world. Because we are waiting for something more. We are waiting to be called home.
This scripture is the conclusion of the letter where Peter is telling his brothers and sisters that they are called to lead a holy life.
13 So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then.
23 For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.
It is so comforting to be reminded that there is something more waiting for me–not that this life isn’t wonderful and all. But it does seem like it takes a lot of energy and I never seem to have enough hours to get everything done. Even though I am tired and feeling very fragile, I am reminded that what the Lord has says will stand forever. My new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.