“They will still bear fruit in old age…” Psalm 92:14
Yesterday, (9/6/20) according to the calendar, was Grandparents day. It made me think of my grandparents who are at home with the Lord. When we are young, however, we automatically think that they will be with us always. Thank God, we always have our memories.
I remember the huge sugar cookies my Grandmother always baked. I’d walk into her home and the fragrance was awesome. No matter what time of the day it was, she always offered me one saying, “Don’t tell your mother.”
Then there was Grandpa. It seemed like he was a huge man to a little girl like me. He was a lion on the outside, but a kitten on the inside. I loved climbing into his lap and he sat in his overstuffed chair in the living room, by the window, smoking his pipe. His lap seemed so safe. I snuggled down into his comfy body. The two of us would just sit there. But, that was 80+ years ago! Now, all I have is my memories. Thank you, Lord.
Many children waste precious time not being with their grandparents. I feel so blessed that I was able to be with mine as much as I was. There is so much to do in this lifetime that we do not think any farther than this moment. We go through life like “chickens with their heads cut off!” If you have ever done that, you would know what I mean. My Dad raised and butchered chickens for us to eat—and for the eggs they would produce. I’d watch him as the axe came down and the chickens’ head fell to the ground. Then he would lay the rest of the headless chicken on the ground and, wouldn’t you know, that chicken would flop around all over the place! That is what many do throughout their lifetime—wasting precious moments.
This is where I am today—in my old age. But, God’s word tells me that even in my old age, He will not abandon me. (Psalm 72:18) I will be able to still bear fruit (Psalm 92:14) Even when I am old and gray He will be with me. (Isaiah 46:4)
I read a story about an 88 year old woman who was very beautiful. She was very meticulous about her appearance. Then one day she fell breaking bones in her neck. Of course, she was hospitalized, and while in rehab she had to wear a Martian-like brace on her head and neck. She worked hard at her re-habilitation. One day she looked at herself in the mirror. She was horrified! She said, “I look terrible! I need to go to the beauty shop!” Her daughter made the appointment and took her mother to get her hair fixed. Next she wanted her nails done and her make-up. What she said next resonated with me and perhaps it will with you. She said, “I might seem old and rickety, but I’m still me.” (Strength & Grace, 365 Daily Devotions, Sept 7, by Pat Dyson)
Now, I am a grandparent who is old and gray. I’m a little less agile and a little un-kept at time, but I am still the same on the inside and have much to offer my children and grandchildren—if they would but listen. Don’t miss any time you could spend with your grandparents or parents. Each moment is precious and one day all you will have is your memories.
“Even when I am old and gray, God, do not abandon me. Then I will proclaim Your power to another generation and Your strength to all who are to come.” Psalm 72:18
Father, thank You for bringing me through all the circumstances and situations of my life. I continue to rely upon Your wisdom, even now, in my old age. There is much yet to do. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I pray. Amen