Have you ever had a message come across your phone screen or maybe in an email that just slapped you silly? Well, that happened to me today. Three years ago, my son got married and moved out. I cried buckets for months. This week, one of my daughters moved into an apartment. I cried again. I’m still crying. It’s just a matter of time before my youngest child moves out too. I’ve decided that this empty nest stuff is “for the birds!” All my children are growing up and moving out. I don’t like it. I feel old. I’ve struggled with this stage of life for a long time. Some days, I do OK, but most days, I’m an emotional mess. I miss being young with young children. I miss all the chaos of raising my babies. There was a time when I thought it would never end. I was so tired. Now, I just want it all back. I want my babies back and all the messiness that came with them . . . but I can’t get all that back. They’ve grown and flown just like they were supposed to and we’re so proud of them . . . but I feel old and I don’t like it. Earlier today as I walked into my children’s rooms and stared at the emptiness, I felt so old. I was still feeling sad and lonely when I came across an article titled What God Says About Getting Older. It is written by Paige at Dayspring Cards and Gifts.
The article popped up at just the right moment, sort of “slapping me silly.” It was as if the Lord was telling me to stop feeling sorry for myself. He isn’t done with me yet. I’m still living and I’m really not that old. In Paige’s article, she explains how God’s Word tells us that getting older is an honor.
Enjoy the first part of Paige’s article about what God says about getting older below. Then, you’ll click through and finish reading it at Dayspring. If you’re in the same stage of life as me and you’re feeling a little sad (and old) as you watch your children leave the nest one by one, you’ll want to read this entire article.
What God Says About Getting Older
by Paige at Dayspring
Imagine celebrating your birthday like you’re 10 years old again. Full of joy, excited for the year ahead, doing something you love with the ones who make you smile.
Why do so many of us stop celebrating as the years pass? Birthdays come and go – maybe there’s a dinner involved, a few cards, some well wishes online. We move up one number, and it’s business as usual.
What would it look like to really celebrate our years again – to begin shifting our focus from the fear of aging, to the rich, full lives God is calling us into as the years pass?
“Why grow old gracefully?” Says a beautiful, wrinkle-free woman, “I intend to fight it every step of the way!”
But what does God say about it all? If we listen to the One Who created us, we will hear all about grace and goodness; not fear and resistance.
He reminds us more than once in His Word that growing older is an honor. “Gray hair is a glorious crown…” Proverbs 16:31 CSB. The more years we live, the more experiences we’re given to learn from, and the more wisdom and perspective we gain to see life in new and beautiful ways. When we see someone in their later years (or when we look in the mirror and it’s us!) let’s remember what a gift that is. [Read more . . . ]