Fragile

3 12 2011

The Bible uses really vivid imagery when describing humanity.  One favorite biblical metaphor for human beings is grass.  I live in northern New York near the Canadian border.  Our Winters tend to be long and cold.  During the cold Winter months, the grass—sometimes snow-blanketed, sometimes not—takes on a pale yellow hue.  It does not look all that nice.

Then comes the Spring, faithfully.  Rain.  Warmer temps.  Sunshine.  And the North Country begins to resemble the Emerald Isle.  This lasts well into the Summer.  Until the heat comes coupled by long periods without rain.  And the grass withers.  Loses its beautiful green luster.  At times it almost looks like a desert.

      “A voice says, ‘Cry!’ And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’ All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” (Isaiah 40:6-8)

We’re all astonishingly fragile creatures.  Like grass, we fade and wilt when life hits us.  So be gentle with your fellow humanoids.  We all have good days and bad.  Seasons of health and confidence.  And times of struggle, sickness and disappointment.  It’s the human condition.  Entropy.

And it’s the reason God became one of us….

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