A Bump on a Log
By Meg Bucher
“He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.” - Philippians 3:21 NLT
Bump on a log. It’s an old saying but an accurate description of how I felt. The pounds were piling on, and I was running out of wardrobe options. “You’re fine,” my people reassured me.
“No, you have not gained weight,” my husband promised.
But I knew something had changed, and it wasn’t my lifestyle. When bloodwork revealed the reason for all the extra pounds piling on, I was relieved! Not only did I have an answer, but a solution. On this earth, our bodies are constantly breaking down. And it’s not always because of our age. Diagnosis happens at all ages and stages. Physically and mentally, we are going to feel like bumps on a log some days, for we are constantly reminded of which side of heaven we are residing on. The side with the sin problem ... the curse of it is leaving us subject to sickness, weakness, disease, and death.
Before the pandemic, many professionals were concerned about the downturn in the mental health of the world. Post-pandemic, we have drifted into a mental health pandemic of sorts. There isn’t one of us who wasn’t touched by the isolation, sickness, confusion, restrictions, and loss the pandemic brought us. And now, we are all left reeling to find our next steps in a life which feels more extreme and out of control than ever before.
“He will bring everything under his control,” Paul wrote. The world we live in is hurting, physically and mentally. Many are spiritually bankrupt and have nothing to put their hope in, no reason to hope. Our job, as Christ followers, to love people is incredibly important. Always has been. Always will be. Hope is not lost, though it sure seems to be some days.
We, as Christ followers, are not sheltered from the suffering, but rather we walk through it alongside everyone else. The difference is the Hope we have in Jesus. The hope which guarantees our struggling physical bodies and minds battling with anxiety and depression will soon be exchanged for “glorious bodies like His own.” Let’s not walk through life telling each other, “you’re fine.” Look, a lot of us are not fine. But tons of us have an everlasting Hope pulling us through and illuminating the beauty of the world and the people around us. Hope allows us to recognize God and see the good, no matter what our circumstances are.
The NIV translation of Philippians 3:21 reads: “Who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.” Our complete hope lies not in the power of doctors, medicine, counselors, or pastors to change our circumstances. God will heal through those and many other giftings, but the anchor of our Hope is found in Christ, alone. God loves us so much that He gave His only Son to die so we would not have to suffer forever. Jesus willingly gave His life to give us hope. There is no greater love story than the love the LORD has for us.
The Voice paraphrase of Philippians 3:20-21 reads: “But we are citizens of heaven, exiles on earth waiting eagerly for a Liberator, our Lord Jesus the Anointed, to come and transform these humble, earthly bodies into the form of His glorious body by the same power that brings all things under His control.”
Intersecting Faith and Life:
When we have to spend time in the hospital, it’s hard to think about anything else but getting home. Being away from our family and our community makes us feel home-sick. The longing we feel for our earthly home is rooted in the pull of eternity in heaven on our heartstrings. God is powerful. Creator of all, fully in control of this world which seems so chaotic- will transform us. In fact, for all who have given their lives to Christ, the transformation has already begun.
It’s OK to feel like a bump on a log here on earth, as long as we don’t allow those feelings to become facts. Each day has a purpose, the easy and the hard, the good and the bad. Let us seek God each day, undistracted by our brokenness and laser-focused on the Hope we have in Him. He’s never broken a promise. Transformation is coming.
God Bless, and glory up.
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Meg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ. Join her on the journey as she launches her new site Joy Overflowing, or join her longstanding community at Sunny&80. She is also the author of “Friends with Everyone, Friendship within the Love of Christ,” “Surface, Unlocking the Gift of Sensitivity,” “Glory Up, The Everyday Pursuit of Praise,” “Home, Finding Our Identity in Christ,” and "Sent, Faith in Motion (October 2023 release). She earned a Marketing/PR degree from Ashland University but stepped out of the business world to stay home and raise her two daughters …which led her to pursue her writing passion. A contributing writer for Salem Media since 2016, Meg is now thrilled to be a part of the editorial team as the Editor of ChristianHeadlines.com. Always active in her community and the local church, Meg also leads Bible study and serves as a leader for teen girls.
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