Even to your old age and grey hairs, I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
While I am staying with my mother during her recuperation from leg surgery, my daughter, Sarah, and her husband, John, bring themselves and the three grand-girls down to Mom's house for a most welcome visit. Oh, how those little ones brighten Mom's day, not to mention mine!
Sarah, Virginia Rose and I retreat to the porch for a spell to escape the sounds of Atlanta Falcons' football. (Did I mention Mom is hard of hearing? My word, how loud the television is!) Virginia is wrapped up in practicing writing her name and drawing butterflies as Sarah and I converse.
"I do hope if and when I get to be as old as your Nana," I say to her, "that I can count on you to help me out just as I'm helping her now."
"Of course, Mom," Sarah assures me. "I'll be right there for you."
Virginia pauses in her work, looks directly at me, and states in all seriousness, "Gammie, you'll never get old."
Sarah and I share a hearty laugh over this, but it gets me thinking. When I look at my 87-year-old mother, I don't see her as an elderly person. I really don't. She's just Mom, plain and simple. Maybe that's true for all of us when we see family members through the eyes of love.
And I believe that's how God sees us, too. Though our hair is grey, our faces careworn, and our bodies bent with age, we are still His little children. He made us and promises to sustain us. He carries us and will ultimately rescue us when our time comes to return home to Him.
I find great comfort in these thoughts.
And I rest assured in the knowledge that no matter how old I get or how much I age in looks, to Virginia, I'll simply be the Gammie she loves.
Are you aging gracefully, or is it a struggle for you?
Prayer: Father, no matter how old we are, it is such a blessing to know we are Your beloved children. Help us to remember that wrinkles and grey hairs do not define who we are in Your sight, and that is all that truly matters. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.