For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.2 Corinthians 5:1 NIV
I love the comparison that Paul set up in this verse. Especially since I can relate so well to it. He compares living in a tent to living in a house. I realize that living in a tent is, for me at least, a recreational activity, and is only for short periods. And that I normally live in a house, with all the conveniences that come with that. But even given that, it still paints a picture to me of the difference between living here in this mortal flesh, and in the eternal body that awaits me.
My Earthly Tent
The tent, or earth suit, that I wear now has dealt with cancer, heart disease, broken bones, sickness, and various other ailments that afflict our bodies. And, as I grow older, I find more and more that it does not always cooperate with me. Often refusing to do some of what it once did easily. And I am sure that will only continue to get worse.
But this body is only a temporary dwelling place. Someday I will leave behind this tent I have lived in for nearly 70 years. And I will be clothed instead with a permanent dwelling. One that is not subject to all of the rips, tears, and inconveniences of this tent. And I must say that I am looking forward to that. What a glorious experience that will be, when I move from the earthly tent I live in now into the eternal house that has been prepared for me.