Beauty is fleeting – at least that’s what we experience on planet Earth. A popular reference is flowers. They are known to be beautiful, and they are known to wilt. By the same token, human beauty won’t last. Our bodies wilt – against our will that is – and beauty industries take advantage of that.
The author of the book of Proverbs puts it quite bluntly: there is one thing that will outlast both beauty and charm: and that is our faith in God.
At first sight this doesn’t seem to make much sense, since technically our inner convictions have little to do with our physical appearance – or have they? – Don’t we find physically attractive people with no heart quite displeasing? So, beauty apparently has layers and does not stop at the surface level, and most importantly, genuine beauty always goes deep and has its roots in a kind heart. That’s a good thing to remember, especially as we age.
As nature has its seasons, so do we. Living past Spring and Summer we’ll be approaching the fall and winter seasons of our life. I believe we all struggle with the concept of a physical expiration date. Nobody really likes to expire. Ideally, we all want to stay fresh and young. On this note, there has been ongoing scientific research to raise human life expectancy to 150 and maybe 200 years – While this may sound wonderful we know that we only postpone inevitable death.
And let’s be honest: who wants to live on Earth as it is forever? Here is some interesting insight from the Bible with regards to human life expectancy (Genesis 6:1-3)
“When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.’”
The threshold of 120 years was set with the purpose to prevent us humans to go insane. Life on Earth has its great moments, but generally speaking we navigate through quite a bit of challenges throughout our lifetime. Try to imagine doing this for a thousand years and you would walk in Methuselah’s shoes (Genesis 5:27):
“Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.”
Let’s face it: our loss in physical attributes is only temporary. We lose our beauty – so what?! I’m convinced that our wrinkles instantly disappear in Heaven. Eternal life with God is the real deal. If anything, life on Earth is our glorious test run! Fighting our limited lifespan is an uphill battle that we won’t win. Turning to the Eternal One is a far better concept. As we handle our present life with care, let’s not forget that we are all made to meet our Maker. He is our ultimate dwelling place and eternal home.
“Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90:1+2)