Cornwall, England. In one of its villages, called Tintagal, I notice a shop selling T-shirts. One says, ‘The Older I Get, the Better I Was!’ If it isn’t so true, I’d laugh. Actually, I did!
As we get older, things change. Always that way. Nothing new under the sun.
But here’s good news! From Psalm 92. In particular, those last few verses, where the psalmist writes of ‘bearing fruit’ in old age–fresh and full of sap!
Our spiritual life can be vibrant and robust no matter our age. We can get closer to God as we get closer to home, being with Him in heaven. Here and now, we can dig deeper into our Bibles, pray for God is right there with us, share Him with others, praise Him. Regardless of age.
I think of Cathy Brown, who lived well into her 90’s. However, her mind had started to leave us. Cathy prayed to her Lord like a child to a loving parent; or, in her case, to her precious Auntie and Uncle, who raised her. I loved to hear Cathy pray. So tender, affectionate and trusting. I can imagine Jesus holding her hands as she opened her heart to Him.
Life became more difficult for Cathy, but not in her times of prayer. That was a fruitful relationship even in old age.
As we get older, we have a choice to make. We can become bitter, crotchety, dried up and mean-spirited. Or we can get closer to Jesus. That’s for me! You too?
Getting closer to Him as we get closer to home. ‘The older I get…the better I become’! Want to buy a T-shirt?!
Thank you, Lord, for drawing us closer every day. In Jesus’. Amen.