My Thoughts. . .
I was always smaller than most of the boys in my class at school. I remember when I was in the third grade, I was asked to play tag football that boys and girls were engaged in. The ball was pitched to me. I caught it and started my run. Suddenly a girl on the opposing team picked me up and carried me and the ball for a touchdown. When I graduated from high school, I was six feet tall, but weighed one hundred and thirty-eight pounds. My wife’s excellent cooking changed all that by increasing my scale numbers!
As one grows older, age presents several challenges. Each person faces that dilemma differently. When I would grow a beard or mustache, it would be black. So was my hair. However, as my forties introduced me to the fifties, I noticed streaks of gray highlighting my hair and beard. I bought that shampoo that is supposed to return one’s youthful colors with a few rinses. It did. Yet, gray hair grows faster than the dyeing of the natural ones. It became a hassle trying to keep up and have hair that conformed to one color or shade. I gave in and the gray took my surrender as a signal to spread like wildfire. The facial hair joined the battle that I was losing.
The older one gets, the novelty of learning something new every day is demanded. Sometimes that presentation is a surprise! Rather than jump out of bed, it is more of a “roll.” All of those suits in the closet have shrunk several sizes. Some medications are now double strength. The preregistration at the clinic now asks how often I have fallen in the past week. So far, no unintentional falls. I have noticed now-a-days that I do not turn my head quickly. I shift my entire body to face the direction I am supposed to travel. For some reason I am no longer allowed to climb a ladder. Going down steps is carefully planned and executed. One day it occurred to me that I was getting old. As the years pass, one begins to understand David’s statement, “I have been young, and now am old” (Psalm 37:25). However, age just means that we are closer to going home (John 14:1-3).