“For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” (2 Corinthians 5:1)
“We do not want to be unclothed, but to be clothed, in order that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” ( 2 Corinthians 5:4)
My wife gets attached to cars. I do not. When I get through with a car, I pass it on to someone in the family. I gave the 2015 Camry to my oldest granddaughter. It started with the ’96 Camry many years back; that one went to my son. Then the ’05 Camry to a granddaughter, the ’09 to our twin granddaughters, the ’13 Honda C-RV to my son, and the 2018 to the other son. I’m happy to pass them along, and as one might expect, they enjoy getting them. (This last one, the 2021 is going to last for a while longer!)
I take good care of these cars and have them serviced by the dealer on the recommended schedule, and thus have almost no trouble from the car. But when it’s time to replace it, I’m happy to let it go.
Think of that as a parable. We let things go so they can be replaced by something better.
We let things go. It’s natural.
When I was five years old, my cousin passed on to me the army uniform he had outgrown. (The year was 1945 and the Second World War was winding down.) I have a school picture of me wearing that coat with the little wings on the lapel. It was my favorite piece of clothing ever. But I can still recall the pain on seeing that I too was outgrowing it. “What is happening?” I wondered. “This wasn’t supposed to happen. I love this coat.”
It’s life. We lay aside the old when it’s no longer of use to us, and we go forward.