by Macy Johnson
“In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye,
at the last trumpet.
For the trumpet will sound,
the dead will be raised imperishable,
and we will be changed.”
(1 Corinthians 15:52 NIV)
A dear friend and fellow musician passed away recently. Friends were discussing eternity in the light of this soul’s departure. One who is scientifically inclined reminded us that our bodies can never be destroyed. When Christ comes again at the Rapture, every cell will be changed and put back together, whether buried or cremated.
I went home, turned on my computer, and googled “Can atoms and/or molecules be destroyed?” A National Geographic article explains the Law of Conservation Mass this way: “Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space, including molecules and atoms. It can change form, but the same amount of matter exists before and after the change. None is created or destroyed.” Only God can create and destroy.
My parents’ ashes are in drawers in our family church’s courtyard garden, waiting for Christ’s return. Recently our daughter and her family spread some of the ashes of their dear sweet black lab at the end of our dock. It was one of his favorite places to swim and frolic over the years.
My high school class held its 50th year reunion. As I looked around the room full of memories, I was reminded of how I have been changed. I had an older body on the outside, yet still felt like a young teenager inside. God changes things in our lives to keep us on our toes, always ready for something new.
“The end of a matter is better than its beginning,
and patience is better than pride.”
(Ecclesiastes 7:8 NIV)
I will patiently look forward to all changes coming my way in the arms of Jesus. I hope you will, too!