Some Body

One of my favorite songs, “Isaiah 45:23,” is by a band called the Mountain Goats. It tells the story of a person fighting a terminal illness. Its chorus goes like this:

And I won’t get better,

but someday I’ll be free.

‘Cause I am not this body

that imprisons me.

It’s easy to refer to people as bodies—somebody, nobody, anybody. We are defined by these earthly shapes that propel us forward. It is our bodies that give us life, our bodies that determine when our time on Earth is up. Our bodies are designed with time in mind; they are built with limits. But you aren’t just some body. You are a soul created by God. When you die, you aren’t no body. You are still going.

When we think of ourselves as purely bodies, sickness and disabilities become even more overwhelming. When our focus is on the physical body, death is the most powerful and devastating event in life. It is the end of the body, and thus of existence.

Walter M. Miller wrote, “You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”  Jesus taught in the New Testament about why we shouldn't fear death; we are more than just a body.

Matthew 4:4

New King James Version (NKJV)

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”[a]

Luke 12:4-5

New King James Version (NKJV)

“And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!

Source: Biblegateway

While physical health is important to maintain and good health is something to be grateful for, we have to remember that nourishing our souls is just as, if not more, important as caring for our bodies. If we remember that who we are is not the face we see in the mirror—the face that is scarred or wrinkled or deemed otherwise imperfect by the impossible standards of the world—we are free to really enjoy life. It’s important to take a moment and remember that everything physical in this world is fleeting—beauty, good health, and even suffering are all temporary conditions experienced by the human body. The part of us that is touched by God, the soul, is what will last forever.

Take some time today to nourish your soul and appreciate your body, with all its flaws, as the vessel that carries it.

This post was written by Emily Haymans.


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