“Now we know that
if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed,
we have a building from God,
an eternal house in heaven,
not built by human hands.”
2 Cor. 5:1
Tents are the homes of shepherds. Made of woven goat hair, they repel water, yet allow the tent to “breathe” through its walls and roof. Their “breathing” shade and shelter are perfect for herders, who must be on the move in their mission of finding good pasture for their herds. They are designed to be mobile, and can last a long, long time with proper care. But they are also vulnerable. (And smelly, if the goat’s hair fabric gets wet!)
I was in a family tent, enjoying a lunch with my desert family, when a sudden storm came. Very rare. The wind was blowing in a circular way, and suddenly the entire tent began to lift up off of the ground. All the men immediately ran to each corner and physically became “weights” to keep the tent from becoming airborne. It was very scary for all of us! I suddenly became aware of how vulnerable it was to live in a tent as a permanent home.
God’s promises to us concerning our physical “tent” – both our bodies and our houses – take on deeper meaning when we come face to face with their vulnerabilities. Sickness, storms, the weakening that develops over time, all remind us of how vulnerable we really are.
What a wonderful comfort and reassurance we can draw knowing that God Himself has prepared our Forever Home, with Him, in Heaven. No storm, nor disaster, nor sickness or death will everbe part of what God has prepared for us after our time on this earth.
It will be absolutely perfect!