I say “another” because I have experienced strange, unexplained awakenings before and not known how to name them. All of a sudden, a really important truth dawns on you, and you wonder how it escaped you so long.
I have lived ninety plus years, gone through pancreatic cancer surgery, am now in the throes of the results of those activities, but today as I was updating some of the files, I came upon the folder marked, “In Case of Death”, and it caught my attention. Yes, it did desperately need updating. As I wrote the appropriate letters to the pre-paid funeral home, the church, other information that had changed over the years, I was struck by how easy it was for me to give minute directions, change addresses, and information about the time following my death. It seemed so easy, and I realized I was recognizing how separate the body is from the spirit. I was actually somewhat detached as if I were witnessing how it would all play out. The body would be laid in the ground, and the spirit would go to its appointed place. There was such a real demarcation for me. I was able to see the severance and take care of the details of death as if it were someone else. The spirit was simply trying to put things mortal in order before leaving. And it was an easy and comfortable separation. The body is worn and tired, but the spirit is young and about to be free to go to whatever is God’s designated place—the earthly chapter complete.
Although the body and spirit are joined for a lifetime, they are never identical or interchangeable twins. They are separate entities. Scripture clearly teaches that the body is wasting away, but the spirit is renewed day by day. (2 Cor. 4:16). What wastes away must die, but what is renewed day by day will never die. In fact, although existing in the same person, they are often in opposition. Paul decried the dissension between the two: “But I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.” (Romans 7:23-25) The body is earthbound, but the spirit is free to fly. What a glorious ending to life’s little moment! Thank you, dear Father, for this beautiful epiphany.