OK. . .I’m admitting it, I’m getting older. I tried to deny it when the gray hairs started showing up. A little highlighter will fix that. Skin not looking so youthful and fresh, a little special skin cream and moisturizer will fix that. My joints are sore, but I work out. . .some. . .so maybe a cane is not in my near future. My memory is not. . .is not. . .oh, whatever!
Then I started getting horrible headaches and sometimes my vision would blur. I envisioned me with a brain tumor or an aneurism, but when I noticed I couldn’t see the eye of my needle anymore or those little scripture numbers in my Bible very well, WELL, I decided I was going to have to break down and get some of those little reading spectacles.
I didn’t want to. I grumbled to myself, “just one more thing to have to carry in my purse.” But then I thought. . .or was it that still, small, familiar voice again? I had a healthy body, a family I love, I can continue to sew (with a little help) and I have the freedom to read my Bible whenever and wherever I want. For goodness sakes, I’m not going blind, I just need a little help with some magnification. Forgive me lord for grumbling.
Proverbs 16:31 says, “Gray hair is a crown of splendor, it is attained by a righteous life.” I want my life to be pleasing to Him, so I will take on the gray hairs. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. My bones are already creaking, I certainly don’t want them to dry up! William Shakespeare said, “With mirth and laughter let the old wrinkles come.” Mark Twain once said, “Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.” So, my prescription for growing older. . .to have a cheerful heart, to laugh and smile as often as I can. Victor Hugo said once, “When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable.” I want to grow old gracefully and adorably.
Proverbs 16:22 says, “Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it…”
My footnote says, “For centuries, people sought a fountain of youth, a spring that promised to give eternal life and vitality. It was never found. But God’s wisdom is a fountain of life that can make a person happy, healthy and alive forever. The fountain of life is a reality. It’s our choice. I chose.
I’m going to take my stiff boned, gray haired, wrinkled body over to my favorite chair now, put on those reading spectacles and take joy in soaking up His wisdom. HEY, I can see, and in more ways than one.