A well-toned, healthy and in shape thirty-five year old shares the comment from her doctor during a recent physical exam. “Welcome to aging”, he said with a smile. She did not smile back.
During the same week a sixty-five year old woman hears these words during her exam, “Things just happen as you age”.
Even though 30 years apart, both these women felt the same sting when faced with the reality of their aging.
Okay, the good news is – you ARE getting older. If you weren’t you’d be dead. So with that Reality Snippet out of the way, let’s take a look at how God views the aging woman. Perhaps doing so will help you gracefully accept your current status in life.
He has made YOU beautiful in His time. There’s a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens (based on Ecclesiastes 3:1).
YOU are beautiful in His time! Whatever age you are, it’s the right age for you right now. Don’t allow comments from others, along with that inner negative self-talk, discourage you about getting older.
You’re supposed to age. It’s part of His Designer-Love for you.
All my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began (Psalm 139:16).
He planned out every single day of your life before you were born. He has a plan for you, Friend. Don’t spoil this day on your timeline by being sour about getting old.
Oh I understand, and I also fight against those “getting older darts” hurled my way. But when I remember that maturing means becoming fully developed and perfected – it sounds a bit classy, right?
Worship Activity for Graceful Aging:
Find a picture of yourself as a child and study the “you from yesterday”, thinking of your innocence and desire to be loved and to feel secure. View yourself before the hardness of the world perhaps, settled in and changed you. God understands and deeply loves you then and now. Remember; to The One who lives outside of time, you’re the same to Him at this moment as you were as a child.
As you age and change costumes for each season of your life,
i.e., wife, mother, grandmother, care-giver – know that your identity, the REAL YOU is secure in your Father Who created you and calls you His daughter.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.
(1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV)
Now relax Daughter of The King. Your body is aging, but your True Self is doing back-flips in Jesus. Enjoy the ride!