Have you ever been camping? Things seem so peaceful when you are out in the sunshine in the woods or by a lake. But all that can change in a moment when the storms come. Life is like that. When things are running smoothly, there is peace. Yet, heavy burdens can weigh us down and we struggle for peace.
But when life seems to be a burden, be encouraged knowing your body is like a tent set up on a camping trip. The campground is only a temporary place you go on weekends or vacations. But eventually you will take down the tent and go home. The tent is your place of refuge while at a place of unknowns. However, while in the tent, storms may come. They may batter and blow the tent and hail may beat holes in the fabric until the tent collapses. That is when you will pack up and go home to a place that is safe.
Our bodies are like that. The Bible tells us we have a house not made with hands; one that is eternal in the heavens. Our earthly body is like the tent that wears out. But as believers in our Lord Jesus, we are guaranteed a permanent home with God for eternity.
In the meantime, we are to live courageously on earth enduring every storm. We are to live by faith knowing we cannot see the future, but believing what God has promised to us through our Savior Jesus. Therefore, we strive to please the Lord in all we say and do as we await our permanent home in heaven.
We find the truth of this illustration in God’s Word:
1For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed,
we have a building from God,
a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
5Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God,
who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
So we are always confident, knowing that while
we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.
7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
8We are confident, yes, well pleased
rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
9Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent,
to be well pleasing to Him.
2 Corinthians 5:1, 5, 7-9 (NKJV)