“Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it!” 2 Corinthians 5:4
When I was twelve we moved from our farm home to a rental in Nevada, Iowa. Leaving the farm meant we could no longer run free throughout the acres, built forts, and invite neighbors over to play football in the barnyard. But it also meant no more outhouse and carrying water from the pump house.
The home we moved into had running water and a toilet. That was it. No bathroom, but a toilet walled off in an upstairs bedroom. The kitchen had a large sink and a faucet with cold running water. We thought we were living in resort conditions–especially during the winter and no more chamber pots.
In 2 Corinthians, Paul used the metaphor of the body as a tent that can be taken down and relocated. When life is tough, we can hardly wait to pull up the stakes and move on to a better place. Paul reassures us that anything on earth would be like living in a shack compared with how we will live in our resurrected life.
The landlord of our “shack” saw the needs to fix up our home. He tore off the old kitchen and build a new one and added a real bathroom, and a bedroom. Suddenly we were living heavenly on earth.
Dear God, help us see our lives as always moving toward the day of living in the heavenly resort. Amen.