Aging isn't for wimps...
“And even to your old age I am He, and even to your graying years I will carry you; I have done it, and I will bear you; even I will carry, and will deliver you.” Isaiah 46:4
I belong to a Native American page on Facebook. I find their camaraderie, wisdom and insight amazing. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the Native American community. I think somewhere, way back in my ancestry, there may be 1/100th of Native American blood flowing through my veins. Regardless, I feel part of their world. They speak as I think. We have a common bond morally, ethically, and toward God’s creation.
One thing that is very different in the Native American culture is the way they view their elders. They see gray hair as a sign of wisdom and a reason for respect. The belief system is very biblical. Proverbs 16:31 says, “The gray-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.” While there is a big “if” in the verse, older adults deserve more respect. Our culture tends to devalue age. Many older adults have voiced to me how they feel discounted, ignored and disrespected by the younger generations.
God remains. As a lifelong Christian, I can look back and see how God carried me. He bore my sins on the cross. He bears my burdens every day as I release them in prayer. As we get older, we should become wiser. With that wisdom comes grief. We are more aware of how the world is changing, and not always for the good.
God puts it this way, “even I will carry, and will deliver you.” Even in our golden years, God will carry us. He continues to deliver us from life’s complexities.
I’ve done a great deal of reminiscing the past few days. If you read my blog regularly, you know that I am struggling. During the night last night, I felt God lift a burden from me. Just as He promised. Just as He has always done.
Aging is difficult. It isn’t for wimps. The good news about aging in the Christian life is that God doesn’t change a thing. He is as solid today as He was yesterday. When all else seems lost; when others fade away; when it becomes more difficult to move, God remains.
As I laid my concerns and regrets before the Lord in prayer last night, He nudged my spirit and reminded me, “I’ve got this, but you have to let it go.”