It obviously resonated with many from all the FB comments---I did not write it--a famous Christian author, Ann Vos Kamp penned those truths. AND IMAGINE--it started me to thinking!
Why is it so many have a difficult time aging with grace? I suspect we look to the world and believe the lie that all fade into the sunset in perfect beauty. No wrinkles--no sags---no age spots---looking exactly as we did at 21--SO the world tells us. The magic of the air brush and the trickery of the Photo Shop have us thinking there is perfection in aging.
I think of my grandparents---both wrinkled--both sagging--- both shriveled with age--and yet--together they were beautiful. I remember stroking my Mamaw's triceps--they were soft--velvet loose skin. She was beautiful---and never uttered a word about aging. They aged well together---loved each other until they both were gone. She might have had one bottle of some type of lotion--but there were no shelves lined with bottles and tubes of promised miracles. I could not have loved them anymore---if they had looked 40.
We have become obsessed with staying young. Do not get me wrong--I want to stay active--- raking my yard when Jesus comes for me, as Mamaw James was, is my dream. I do not want to be so obsessed with aging that I spend all my time and money trying to chase the elusive fountain of youth. Guess what--MOTHER NATURE WINS!
I suspect I will be loved in my very old age---NOT because of how I look--but instead because of who I am. The way I have loved others will determine how I am loved in the end. Why is is so difficult for us to understand that truth? We have listened to the lies of the world the media has sold us ---lock stock and barrel. Swallowing the whole lie--we have become convinced it is the surface-not the heart which is important.
Finishing well---is so important---why do we not see this?
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.