As we grow older, we’ve developed so many layers that our skin naturally becomes thick and hardened. Each day we encounter something that causes us to falter, to waiver, to hurt and to give up. We build a shield of protection around ourselves to fight off the enemies of this world. By the time we’ve reached our senior years, we’re perceived as cranky, hard-lined, unbending and just plain negative. Older folks often think they’ve earned the right to be this way. Have we?
When things aren’t going as we planned, our natural inclination is to blame someone else – even God. Why doesn’t He answer my prayers? Isn’t He listening? Why is He putting me through this? God doesn’t want us to become grumpy old men and women, but He does create bumps and even major roadblocks in our lives to draw us closer to Him. As we get older we should see that even more clearly. Why do we naturally turn the tables and put the blame on Him instead of understanding that He has this? He’s running the show. He’s the director of the universe.
Instead of passing the buck and blaming God, we should be thanking Him for every difficulty we face. Each minor hiccup along the way prepares us for the next one. Each bump in the road will help us realize how God works for our good. Each major life event will lead to another and finally have refined us for our place in heaven. God is constantly re-working us. Not because He didn’t do it right in the first place, but because He knows what our true potential is.
So, even though we build up a steel suit of armor and more layers than an onion, our hearts should remain focused on our Savior. Think of what He endured for us.