Proverbs 20: 29 HSB The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is gray hair.
I read this verse to my husband this morning because he was battling with some personal doubts. As I have been traveling through the book of Proverbs with my one line study group, I usually share verses or comments with him, so sharing a scripture this morning was nothing new.
As we age, we have things happen to our bodies and minds that we can’t control. Oh we could change our appearance by all of the products and surgeries available on the market now, but we really can’t control the aging process. We can take precautions by exercising and eating right but we really don’t know when something is going to happen.
Take my health for instance. I have always had some issues with allergies, asthma, and anxiety but what I’m dealing with now is really foreign to me. I have no idea what I’m up against with my kidney biopsy tomorrow and there is nothing I can do to change this process. Something happened along the way to make my kidney start to reject its normal function. Right now in life, I am not the go-getter, physically strong woman that I used to be. Some of it is because of my age, and, some of it is just the illness taking over my body.
So, sharing the above scripture with my husband this morning made me laugh with him. Laughter is so good for the soul and for the mind. When I read it to him and he replied, “Oh honey, I’m splendorous!” You see, I always tease him about how much gray hair is showing up in his beard and on his head. He has the most beautiful soft, long hair in the back and when snuggling on the couch, I always run my fingers through it. However, he is turing very gray and really balding on top. He’s still adorable:)
Seriously, we go through the aging process by God’s design. Both young and old have their advantages and we should not envy or despise either one. If you are young and find yourself saying, “I can’t wait to get older to be able to…..” stop it!!! If you are old and say, “I wish I could still do…” stop it!!! We age for a reason.
Splendor: The quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand. No matter what age, we are magnificent in God’s eyes, with all of our faults, flaws and imperfections. Aren’t you glad? You don’t have to perfect in any way to be loved by God.
John 3:16: For God so loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.