The commercials on TV make us think the effects of aging can be covered up by hair-dye and skin care products. If all I had to worry about is my appearance that would be one thing, but it isn’t. Typically I can trust the Lord to Carry me through the ups and downs of life. But my concerns about getting older and losing my quality of life haven’t been the least bit palatable.
When I know I need to do something difficult I try to have fun doing it! That’s one reason I flew to Colorado to celebrate my 70th birthday with my daughter’s family. It was wonderful to play with my grandkids and spend time with my daughter.
A surge of joy went through my heart when I saw a picture a friend had painted. It’s of a happy little girl pig-pigtail jumping off a rock. As I looked closer I saw a pair of man’s hands, ready to rescue her. After I told her that I want to buy it, I realized that I need to get rid of something because all the walls in my apartment have pictures that once brought me joy, like the one of a bouquet of flowers a friend gave me over 20 years ago when she moved. Although I still like it, maybe I need to pass it along to some else.
My mind’s eye or heart can become cluttered with memories. As a kid I must have been frightened when I saw a group of elderly disabled people in wheelchairs without any teeth, without anything to do. The likelihood of those things happening soon isn’t likely. I still live alone and my teeth are in good condition! I can’t stress myself out wondering what my future holds. Instead I’m excited about it because I’ve replaced my crazy ideas with God’s promise.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saithe Jehovah, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you [a]hope in your latter end. Jeremiah 29:11
Lean in to be set free.
When you feel prevented from enjoying the season of life you’re in, ask the Father to show you why. So He can change your perception.