By: Dev Menon
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“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away…” (2 Corinthians 4:16)
Indeed with this new chronic infirmity, the sound of that verse has never rung truer (pardon the pun).
The fact that after reading the ‘International Journal of Tinnitus’, it seemed pretty apparent that the Western world (and in some sense TCM medicine too) has never really found neither a proper cause nor cure for this brings down the hammer of reality.
The body truly is breaking down.
It’s true, that tinnitus usually only comes with onset of one’s senior years – most of their patients seem to be 50 and above, when hearing starts to fade (together with many other things in the body 2I suspect). Having it at 30+ isn’t great – but a powerful reminder that everything is temporal, and the fact that some things about the body cannot be ‘fixed’ proves that point in a definitive way.
Everyone knows we are not immortal. Yet everyone acts as though we are (particularly if we are young). Death comes to all – yet the Scriptures ask us not to lose heart. Why because of the renewal of the inward nature, surpassing that of the flesh’s disintegration.
If we are nothing but a hollow shell, without the Spirit of God ‘growing’ within us – one day all we will be is dust. We will be found to have no substance…
“…(They are) like chaff that the wind drives away.” (Psalm 1:4b)
What is really inside this body? That a question that will now be answered in a more profound way – in the days to come.