Am I Really Getting Old(er)?

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I did not hit a milestone birthday this year. However, I am constantly reminded that I am smack dab in the middle of middle age. Below is a list of signs that confirm I am getting old(er).

  1. As requested, I presented my driver’s license to the clerk. She examined the picture and commented, “You don’t look like your driver’s license at all.” Then pause and no further comment.

2. While grocery shopping, I passed a little old white-haired lady wearing the same shirt that I own.

3. A neighbor on our street introduced herself and commented, “At our age…” I figured she was in the decade ahead of me.

4. This one came from a friend; My friend’s granddaughter was playing with the Fisher Price Little People family. The two year old picked up the figurine of the white-haired lady with a tight-bun hairstyle and declared, “Grandma.” My friend corrected her granddaughter, “That’s old grandma, not me.”

Thinking about getting older prompted me to discover what God has to say about aging. Gray-haired, white-haired or in-between, we are loved by our God who honors age and years walked out with Him.

  1. We never get too old to serve God.

Joshua 14:10-11 

“Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the desert.  So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.

  1. God does not abandon or forsake us as we get older.

Isaiah 46:4

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. 

  1. God keeps us young at heart with fresh revelation of Him and His ways.

Psalm 103:5

who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

  1. Our influence and our witness for God were not intended to fade as we age. We will always have purpose.

Psalm 92:14

They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,

  1. The blessings continue to pile up with an extra special blessing in later life: grandchildren.

Ruth 4:15

He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age.  For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.

 

We Ticked Off the Garbage Man

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We ticked off the garbage man. There was a lot of trash that week. I even considered leaving a note to apologize and explain that we recently moved in and were cleaning up inside and out. The garbage man heaved our bulky trash. As he started up the truck again, I heard the definite honk of the truck’s horn. It was 5:00 in the morning on trash day. I got his message. Everyone has their limit, even the garbage man. Not so with God. As high as the heavens are above the earth and as far as the east is from the west, God’s compassion and God’s mercy knows no limit. Week after week, we can bring all our garbage to God. We can place it down at the foot of the cross: our heavy-laden sins piled high and outright ugly. God’s open arms embrace us as our desire to rid ourselves of the unneeded and unwanted confirms his greatest desire for us: to cleanse us from the garbage in our lives. No limits. Not even ticked off. No honk of indignation too early in the morning. We are welcomed. We are forgiven. And we are cleansed, whiter than snow.

Psalm 103:12-13

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

 

Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”