Old Age Ain’t For Sissies

January 25, 2008

“…even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it and I will carry you; and I will bear you and I will deliver you.” – Isaiah 46:4

Old age sure ain’t for sissies. In Ecclesiastes, King Solomon agreed. He wrote of how the things we take for granted when we’re young cause us to lose delight in living when we’re old.

Our eyesight grows dim. We start with reading glasses and move to bifocals. Our hearing grows weak. We’re constantly saying “Huh?” to our spouse. We have time to sleep late but we wake up early. Our hands start to tremble. Our desire for sex diminishes.

We become like the elderly man in the nursing home whose friends sent a beautiful young lady to his room for his birthday. She said, “Happy Birthday! I’m here to offer you super sex.”

The old man paused and then said, “I believe I’ll take the soup.”

Old age isn’t for sissies, and without God it can be meaningless. But with God, there is wisdom, strength, joy, and the hope that when the body finally gives out, there is life–real life–in heaven with God. It’s something to remember when you’re young and when you’re old.