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surprised

photo: CCO public domain            graphic: Martha G. Brady

 

One thing that has taken me by surprise about old age

Has been that it feels quite different from what I expected!

One thing that has taken me by surprise about old age has been that it feels quite different from what I expected! Click To Tweet

I expected to feel wise, serene…and mature.

I don’t.

I expected to feel wise, serene...and mature. I don't. Click To Tweet

 

I feel like I always did.

When I walk into a room, I feel as insecure as I always did.

It’s just that now, I don’t give in to my insecurity.

I talk to myself a lot!

I remind myself that no one is looking at me.

But I try to suck in my gut anyway and I try to look decent.

And mostly, I try to set people around me at ease.

When I walk into a room, I feel as insecure as I always did. It's just that now, I don't give in to my insecurity. Click To Tweet

 

Are they comfortable?

Do they know the people around them?

Is there anything I can do to make them more comfortable and at ease?

Then I will do it…within reason.                stop

 

I find that when I get up from sitting too long

It is more difficult. I’m stiffer and sorer.

In colder, damper weather, I ache more than when I was younger.

And I’m often surprised at the older lady looking back at me in the mirror.

 

One thing I enjoy especially, is seeing the rest of many of the stories

I saw the beginning or middle of.

That is interesting and often fun.

There are sad times too, of course.

It has reinforced my confidence that GOD really does keep us in His hand.

He does complete our salvation in ways we often aren’t aware of. (cf. Philippians 1:6)

 

At times we are weak. We don’t hold up our end of the bargain.

Or we wouldn’t if it were an equal partnership.

But this is a different situation!

GOD, through Jesus Christ, provided for our salvation and redemption

In a totally one-sided way!

 

We have nothing to bring to the table.

All we have to offer is our sin and brokenness.

He offered full forgiveness for sin, past, present and future…

And the opportunity to stand before a holy GOD dressed in the righteousness of Christ!

 

Now we are part of the line of the people of GOD that streams down through the ages of time.

Who have chosen to walk with Christ rather than be part of this temporal world system around us.

And even that has been because of His work in us.

 

Some day, I will be surprised as I open my eyes in glory.

Breathing that heavenly air and enjoying the light that comes from GOD Himself

In His heavenly Kingdom.

 

May He bless and keep you!