There are things that happen when you age that I never expected. Your memory fades. You can leave a room on a mission to do something, but forget it completely when you arrive at your destination.
Your body sags in places that always did sag, but now it’s more noticeable. The lines in your face are now look like a piece of petrified wood. Your skin becomes loose and seems to expose every underlying imperfection. Your speech is sometimes slurred.
Your hair is thinning and dull. Your eyes form cataracts or you become victim to loss of sight completely. Your hearing also fails. On top of all that, you can’t begin to do the things you did twenty years ago.
In other words, growing old is not for the faint of heart.
It takes a lot of courage to walk into your golden years. Often your source of income is meager, you may still have to remain employed and you’ve collected a lifetime of stuff – things that have meaning to you, but no one else. We’ve become our parents. All the frustration we felt as young adults has now been passed on to our children.
Boy, this is a depressing post!
There is hope, even for us old fogies. The Bible says this about aging:
Psalms 71:18 – Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto [this] generation, [and] thy power to every one [that] is to come.
Leviticus 19:32 – Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I [am] the LORD.
Proverbs 20:29 – The glory of young men [is] their strength: and the beauty of old men [is] the gray head.
Philippians 3:20-21 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
Lord, growing old is not fun, but you give us hope through your Word, that our place in heaven is reserved for us. Help us all use our final years, digging in your Word so that we are ready when we finally meet you. Amen!