April 24, 2020

Rerun of Daily Devotional April 25, 2018

Pastor Brian had a birthday yesterday. He’s now the ripe old age of twenty-nine. What’s sad is that I don’t even remember being twenty-nine. I have a vague suspicion that I was but it was a long time ago.

As Brian and I talked about the fact that he was close to retirement, I stood up, pointed to my body, and said, “This is what you’ve got to look forward to.” All the color drained from Brian’s face and he started to cry.

Where did the time go? What’s happening to me? I’ve got a spare tire around my waist, hair growing in strange places, and now I have to take cholesterol medication before I go to bed at night. When did I get old?

My father says getting older isn’t for sissies. I think he’s right.

Having said that, I really like getting older. I don’t I want to go back and relive my youth. That’s because, if I have any wisdom, it was gained by making mistakes. I made a lot of them – still do.

The good news is that while I am suffering the repercussions of aging, no matter what, the promise of scripture is that God will always be with me.

This is what God says to those of us who are aging: “Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.” (Isaiah 46:4)

If you are like me and suddenly find your young-self in an old-self body, don’t fret. God is with you and every day means you are one step closer to your real home. That’s all that really matters.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, while I continue to change, I take comfort that you do not. Please be with me. Guide my steps, actions, attitude, and thoughts. Bring me home. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

No matter what phase of life you are in, God is with you. He will never let you go.

I consider growing older a gift from God. Most importantly, getting older has given me three beautiful grandchildren. God is good.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins