My grandfather used to talk about that half-awake half-asleep state each morning, where in that wonderland of dreams, he’d picture himself as a young man delivering milk or working on the farm. He’d wake up ready to jump out of bed and get his day going, forgetting that time had changed his body. His heart was more willing and his mind more nimble than his body was able.
Getting older has well-known – but seemingly unexpected – consequences. In 1914 – only 100 years ago – the average American died by the age of 54 (here). Today we feel entitled to something much longer, much better, much more. We foolishly take the moment-by-moment gift of life and make it an entitlement as if nothing should or does or will ever change.
We’ve forgotten the damage of sin to the Creation. We’ve forgotten the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: every created thing is in a constant state of decay. We forget that memory fades, bodies break down, life changes. We foolishly believe that everything stays the same as when we were “young.” This is the deceptive nature of sin.
Before Adam and Eve sinned, God warned them that disobedience would cause them to die (Genesis 2:17), but once they sinned they still lived. Death? Big deal! But sin, unbeknownst to them, was mightily at work within them. Sin makes us forget that we are in a state of death from the moment of conception.
As we feast our minds on the Word of God, we are reminded of the effect of sin, the blessing of redemption, and the hope of Heaven. It’s only in Heaven that we will experience everything God intended human life to be. Don’t forget that this world is not your home, and this life is not your eternity.
When you feel those aches and pains and illnesses of getting older, look up and remember to set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. For when Christ, who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory (Colossians 3:2-4).
PS … I grow another year older next week … but I grow another day older each day!