While in God's Grip!
Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.
~ Psalm 138:8
Growing older presents new issues each day. For some, they grow resentful when they begin to realize limitations, especially when the power of genetics begins to take control. We don't seem to bend as well, get up as fast, nor have to ability to tolerate things for long periods of time.
It seems that at some point, the image of an ideal life evaporates and painful historical, personal, family, or financial realities break through to the surface, it can be most disturbing.
Having watched my great grandparents, grandparents, and now my parents age, (let's face it, I recognize my grandparents more when I look in the mirror, myself!), it does make me wonder what it is like for God to look upon us, and recognize the aging creation.
Our ability to recognize the art of creation through all the ages, causes us to trust more that when we experience limitations, that in these interruptions are the places where God is molding us still.
Aging is not an interruption or a disruption of your way to holiness, but rather are places where you are being formed into the unique person God calls you to be. You know you are living a grateful life when whatever happens is received as an invitation to deepen your heart, to strengthen your love, and to broaden your hope.
You are living a grateful life when something is taken away from you that you thought was so important and you find yourself willing to say, "Maybe I'm being invited to a deeper way of living."
Hoping you find yourself filled with God's presence today and always. Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear God, help me to recognize the holy in the mirror, when I look and see myself. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.