When I became a granny, I stopped colouring my hair. I reckoned it was appropriate for grannies to have grey hair. I am quite used to my older image now.
The Bible says, “Grey hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.” (Prov 16:31 NIV)
In this world where the elderly are often overlooked or treated with disdain, it is good to know that God is no respecter of age. He has a plan for each of us in every stage of life – from the boy, Samuel to the old man, Moses.
Certainly the Lord’s immediate plans for us change as we grow older, but His overall plan remains constant:- that we may be conformed to the image of Christ. We can do no better than to seek all our lives to glorify God and enjoy Him forever (Westminster Shorter Catechism)
Lord Jesus Christ, every day as I seek to see You more clearly, love You more dearly and follow You more nearly, may I gently be transformed into Your image by the work of Your Spirit in my life. Amen.
“It is now 6pm, My life is nearly over. My best hours are gone and my energy fades. My light is feeble. No longer can I power a photocell. No longer can I heat water. I am no longer of any use. Nobody can read by my light. I am old and tired and useless to God and Man. My past has polluted my air – the dust of the hours gone. There are clouds too – memories of the tears I have cried.
And God said,
“You are the day that I have made. People rejoice and are glad in you. Did you give light in the womb before the dawn of your birth? Stop feeling sorry for yourself! You are entering a new stage of your life. It is part of My plan. The dust and the clouds which are causing you pain will demonstrate My glory. Now is the time when families gather together for a meal and share love. Now is the time for romantic walks, for cozy fires, for cappuccinos. Soon it will be time for rest.
You are eternal. You will always exist. The things that happened in your life -in the dark hours as well as in the light ones – will be forever in history and cannot be undone.
Meanwhile, enjoy the stage you are at. It is called Sunset!
Listen to me,…..You whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carried since you were born. Even to your old age and grey hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (Is46:4 NIV)
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life. (Prov 16:31 NLT)
Prayer Father, forgive me when I feel sorry for myself because I can no longer do the things I used to be able to. Please help me to trust you in this stage of life, to show your glory and to share your love. Amen.