There were white splotches on my arms and hands. After painting our bedroom all morning, I finally took a shower. As I was drying my hair I noticed some white streaks on the top of my head. Some paint must have dripped on my hair… but how could it fall in such perfect stripes…? Before I even finished my thought, I suddenly found myself laughing as I realized, that’s not paint… that’s gray hair!
I guess I have to get used to the fact that I have a few gray hairs and in the opinion of some, I’m now a member of the special “senior” category.
When my husband and I shopped for a new bed recently, the salesclerk asked us hesitantly, “Are either of you over 55… because if you are, you’ll receive an extra 10% off.” The salesman fumbled over his words, explaining that he wasn’t sure if he should ask. My husband and I just laughed, “Yes, we are both just a teensy bit over 55 and of course, we would greatly appreciate an extra $200 off of this bed!”
Yes, there are some blessings to getting older. I am much wiser than I was in my 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. In fact, I paid a high price for all of the wisdom I have now. The price included a lot of mistakes and of course, the painful lessons that followed.
My favorite part about getting older
The funny thing is, I don’t really feel older. I’m so much stronger emotionally and spiritually than I ever was before. I know what I think and what I believe. No waffling, no questioning, no doubting…. now I just know!
I’ve been around the block with God. I know He won’t change, so I yield more easily to the leading of the Holy Spirit. After experiencing the consequences of trying to do things my own way, in my own timing, I’m getting much better at doing things God’s way. I’ve received answers to prayer enough times to know that God really hears and He really cares. God’s faithfulness has only become more clear and precious to me over the years. I’ve learned to trust Him because even when He has said “No”, I’ve later thanked Him that He didn’t give me what I wanted!
I’ve fallen in love with the Bible, which counsels me and gives me wisdom. It’s true, God’s Word is a “lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). So my favorite part about getting older is that my heart, mind and spirit just keep becoming stronger and more sure of my faith. In 2 Corinthians 4:16, the Apostle Paul shares from his own experience, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
A few gray hairs only mean that my body is getting older. The Holy Spirit, who lives inside of me, strengthens and renews my spirit and I will not lose heart. I will instead focus on shining the truth of God’s love and faithfulness to the next generation so that they too, can experience renewal as they mature.
A few gray hairs are a blessing!
“Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am he who will sustain you.” Isaiah 46:4