Yesterday our grandson was born. Isaac is new life in an old world. His innocence comes with birth for he has not yet encountered the knowledge of good and evil. His body has only started to adjust to a world of air instead of a world of water.

Isaac_meThen there is grandpa. Since early February I have had a lot extra on my plate. I started a new contract with day shift. I’m still adjusting after over a year of nights. My brother’s heart attack took a lot out of all of us. Then Mother got her new hip joint six days ago and needs extra help and attention. And a fast trip of 8 hours driving to see dear little Isaac, his Mom and Dad and three siblings. My wife stayed to help, so I hold the fort alone. I’m feeling my body age…

Situations like this make Bible verses jump into mind. On this one I thought, “Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence” (2 Corinthians 5:17 God’s Word).

The new and the old.

“No one patches an old coat with a new piece of cloth that will shrink. Otherwise, the new patch will shrink and rip away some of the old cloth, and the tear will become worse. People don’t pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the wine will make the skins burst, and both the wine and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine is to be poured into fresh skins” (Mark 2:21-22 God’s Word).

Humanly speaking I may be on the older side of life, but with Christ in me I am a “new creation”.

And when I look at any of our six grandchildren I am reminded that my old body will take on new life and new form. And so I get down on the floor and play with blocks, or I read the same story again (and again) and I smile to the giggles tickling brings out, or change a diaper.

And it’s all worth it.

Life is worth all it brings spending it with Jesus.