June 17, 2020

Romans 5:12

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned…

 

Continuing our meditation on “Things are not the way they are supposed to be”… 

I once heard a speaker proclaim, “There is no such thing as a ‘natural death.’ There’s nothing ‘natural’ about death at all. We were never created to die!”

No doubt we might argue some finer theological points of such a statement, but on the whole it really made me think. What a concept, that God never intended us to die! We are so accustomed to the presence and reality of death it’s difficult to truly conceive an existence without it. Instinctively we just know death is always out there in our future, someday, somewhere, waiting for us even if we try to ignore it. (And how does that old adage go? “The only two things certain in this world are death and taxes”?)

Hearing this speaker was the first time in my life I really started considering what lenses I viewed the world through. What assumptions did I start with when I asked the big questions of life, like the nature of death? Did I really think with the Bible in mind? What precepts did I use when I tried to make sense of this messed-up world?

And in the midst of all these questions, what was the first thing I noticed more than anything else?  

Roadkill!  

Every dead raccoon, every squirrel, every deer I saw lying in the road, I now saw in a different light.  Each and every one now reminded me: That animal is not supposed to be dead. This is the result of sin. This is the brutal reality of the damage, the destruction, the havoc wreaked upon our world, havoc that God never created us for.

I’ve never been able to see roadkill the same ever since. And honestly, seeing them now reminds me to thank my incredibly gracious Heavenly Father who made a way out of death’s darkness for us. 

No, things are not the way they are supposed to be right now. But it will not always be that way.

What lenses are you viewing the world through today?

For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. (Romans 8:22-23)

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