As I write this blog today another birthday has come and gone and I am another year older. At what age is a person considered as being old? I have pondered this question and discovered old age is relative to the age of the person considering when old age begins. When I was twenty, old age began at forty. When I turned forty, then sixty was considered old. When I turned sixty, then eighty was old. At age eighty old is someone older than eighty.
Does getting older bother you? Age means credibility. Age means another year of life that God has blessed you with. And I wouldn’t want the alternative to aging, which is not living another year. I would rather be the age I am now than to be fumbling through my 20s and 30s again, still trying to figure out life, still needing to learn the lessons God has already taught me, and still making the mistakes I no longer want to repeat. Thank God for lessons learned, experiences gained, and wisdom that comes through living life. “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.” Proverbs 3:13.
Age brings a greater appreciation for life and health. I am now witnessing what others my age and older experience: the heartbreak of watching loved ones age and struggle with illnesses, the loss of parents, the realization that my body can’t (or doesn’t want to) do the things it did when it was much younger. The sobering realization that I will one day face these heartaches that many others have is somehow a comfort, knowing there is One who goes before me who has already seen it all. “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written. The days fashioned for me. When as yet there were none of them.” Psalm 139:16 (NKJV).
The relationship with God becomes sweeter with age. There is one thing that comforts me day in and day out, especially on days when I can’t figure myself out or understand why God would want to call me his own. He has searched me and known me. He is familiar with all my ways. All my days were ordained before me and has written every one of them down in his book. God has written a book about each of us...that’s how much we are on his heart. That means he has followed the story of my life - and yours. He was the God of my childhood, the God of my teenage years, the God of my marriage and parenting years. And yet He is now the God of the latter years of my life. There is something comforting knowing that God has seen my life from beginning to end, and now as I’m in the later years inching toward the end, He is there to guide me to the finish line. For this reason, I can be content “forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead and I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14.