Are There Any Blessings in Getting Older?

My question is this: “Are there blessings that come with old age, or do you just keep rehearsing the blessings of the past?” If you know Joyce and me very well, than you can probably picture her smiling and rolling her eyes as I make a point about something by telling another true 'story' from my life to illustrate it. My grandchildren are the recipients of my advice-giving storytelling and they, too, smile, but they at least don't roll their eyes! After giving this some thought I believe that there are blessings that can come with every stage of life; infancy, childhood, teenage, young adult, middle age, old age...provided you are a child of God and are paying close attention.

 

Having reached the last stage I think I can speak with confidence about a few of them! To truly experience the love of God as His child is beyond words. That love transcends age, ability, race, gender and status in the world. You would think that older Christians would have a strong relationship with God after decades of God's loving parenting, but just like our children each of us responds or reacts differently. I have met young people who have a walk with God that shames many of us older Christians. We know from Scripture that God is impartial and loves all His children with the same love but He tailors each life according to His plan for us. That's harder for some to accept than others. As we age we should learn through the testings, understand the lesson to be learned and find it easier to trust God more readily than when young. I didn't say it was easy but even failure can teach us to trust.

It comes down to wisdom...knowing how to discern and apply what we have learned over the years. Learning starts at birth, and the best case scenario is that what we learn in one stage goes with us and gives some guidance as we make our way through the next one. Hopefully we acquire the discernment needed to successfully navigate from one stage to the next. But, again, I didn't say it is easy. I may be wrong but it seems to me that there is usually some emotional pain making the transition from one stage of life to another. (God's Word is aspirin for that and prayer is a powerful anti-depressant!)

Also, it seems to me that the last stage reveals how well we have paid attention to what God was trying to teach us over the years as His child. Did we learn from our failure to trust Him in the hard places? Have we accepted our place in His plan, or have we rebelled at what we consider too lowly a place? Have we dealt with our personal fears? Have we grown in our love and patience for others?

I need to add that there are serious consequences for the child of God who harbors rebellion or 'pet' sins, however small. I compare it to the tiny broken bones in my foot that even after surgery and apparent healing I tended to compensate for by favoring that leg...which over time led to back problems, etc. If we carry those those things with us through the stages of life they don't go away, and they affect how straight we walk through life as a Christian. Psalm 103 says God remembers in dealing with us that we are dust and He has pity on those who fear Him. God never laughs at our sincere repentance. “...for whom the Lord loves He corrects, as a father the son in whom he delights.” Ps.3:12

My testimony is that there is nothing like the joy and peace that Christ gives us...not to mention the forgiveness...and mercy...and grace, nor that I am never left alone to solve the dilemmas and burdens that come in my life, and, yes, the love that ties us together as believers. Those are some of the blessings that you try to pass on to your children and grandchildren...and anyone else that will listen!

“Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is the man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.”
Psalm 34;11-15

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