I remember when we reached the point in our marriage where we had been together longer than we had been single. It was thrilling to have crossed that milestone bringing with it a sense of success. Although we were very aware of God’s grace being the source of that success, for we would have never made it past year #3 without Him.
We just celebrated 34 years of marriage. I will turn 54 in July, and Tom will be 59 in August. I remember thinking how romantic “Come grow old with me…the best is yet to be,” sounded. To have someone who shared your life, love and desires. It would be a dream come true. Yet, you never really think about “growing old,” not really. At least I didn’t. I was content in the present and only dreamed about the future with rose-colored glasses. I thought growing old would be my happily-ever-after.
Life hasn’t dealt us that fairy-tale ending so far. It has been hard. It has had heart-breaks and disappointments. It has threatened to steal our joy and peace. It doesn’t look like we had dreamed it would in many ways, and it could be easy to grow more cynical as the years pass, but I haven’t.
I find myself praying more and more for God’s help from this vantage point…But God!
These are the two words that offer us hope when facing such times. He is sovereign in all things. This includes times of sadness and disappointment. He is wanting to teach important Truths learned only in the valley. Growing old is not desirable to those who are idolizing youth, but it is desirable for the mature and wise of heart.
Those who grow old in their understanding of the Bible realize that the best really is yet to be.
There is a day we’re all waiting for, when Christ will appear and wipe every tear from our eyes. Our growing old years have a purpose and that is to make us more like Christ. He is helping us shed mortality’s grip to embrace immortality. He suffered and endured pain for the joy that was set before Him. That joy was our salvation. He delighted to suffer for our freedom. This Truth informs my soul that the best really is yet to be.
What difficulties are you facing today? Are you feeling the weight of age, sadness or disappointment? How can meditating on the Truth of Eternity inform your emotions that the best is yet to be? Have you talked with your spouse about it? We encourage you to do so and pray for the Holy Spirit’s help to lead you through the struggle.
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