He’s just adorable! That’s what I say every time I see my youngest grandson, eleven-month-old Daniel. It happened again recently while I was holding him. He was wearing just a diaper, having made a mess of himself at dinner. As he sat on my lap in all his adorableness, I realized that we have a lot in common. Not just from a DNA standpoint—he does look like my son, who looks like me—but from another standpoint.
Looking him over, the similarities are uncanny, with one exception. Our shared features are adorable on him, not so much on me.
The first thing I notice are his chubby, puckery thighs. Adorable. I have them too, not so adorable. He has a protruding, squishy belly—adorable. Mine, not so much. His double chin is adorable. Mine is my least favorite feature. He has thin, wispy hair. On him, adorable. On me, a constant styling problem. He falls down trying to walk across a flat floor. Me too! But when he goes kerplop, everyone thinks it’s adorable. When I do it, they call an ambulance. He needs naps and is a messy eater. Yup, not so adorable when you’re a grown woman. And, although I’m not there yet, he only has four teeth, but his smile is his most adorable feature. I’m sure mine will not be.
As I think over this juxtaposition, it occurs to me that the life cycle is just that. It’s a cycle; we end up the way we started off, helpless with a body whose lack of muscle tone keeps us from running and jumping and even just sitting for an extended time. The good news is that it doesn’t end with thinning hair, missing teeth, and puckering skin.
When our bodies have decayed to the point of no return, the cycle continues, and we will be made new. God has promised he will make all things new—a new heaven, a new earth, a new city, and, yes, we each will receive a new body. Not a body like the one we’ve got, but a glorious new one that will not age or decay or even need a nap to get through the day. It will be a springtime-type body, fresh and bouncy and full of life. One that can walk without falling down and run without fainting. It will work hard and not feel any pain. It won’t have any of the flaws and problems of my current body. It will finally be a true reflection of Jesus. It will be adorable!
“How weary we grow of our present bodies. That is why we look forward eagerly to the day when we shall have heavenly bodies that we shall put on like new clothes” (2 Corinthians 5:2 TLB).