Old Cowbelle: Didn't 'Get It' Back Then
Back in my "young" years, the following passage didn't register with me. I didn't "get it" then.
Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, when you were younger, you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go." John 21:18.
I know that the verse is referring to the manner in which Peter's life would end. But it also speaks to me in the present, and to all of us who are drawing close to the end of this life. It does usually happen; as we grow old and older, and are no longer able to do the things we used to do...someone will dress us and lead us around; sometimes where we do not want to go.
Fortunately, some people live to be really old and are still able to "dress themselves and go where they want to go." How blessed they are! Some people are "young at 90" and some people are "old" at 70. I wonder why that is.
Some of my friends, who are a few years older than me, seem much younger. They can be on their feet far longer than I can. I do not envy them, I rejoice for them.
And I rejoice in the things I am still able to do. I am grateful. I never question God, but once in a while I wonder why He does what He does. I wonder why He allows some to keep on "living" long after their bodies are worn out?
And sometimes I wonder why He doesn't "take us Home" before we get to that point? I personally don't have a "death wish," but I'd be very willing to "go Home" before I have to be "led" around.
(Sounds kind of like I am questioning God after all, doesn't it?) Sorry, God.
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I hope that didn't sound too depressing?
But HEY! The grass on the lawn is green, and soon will need mowing! For a while there, I thought fall would be here before we even had summer! And as I write, on April 28, huge, soft flakes of snow are drifting down on my "Green Lawn." I have to admit it is beautiful!
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Well, yesterday I had my "cartoon" portrait done for our church directory. I do admire their patience. They always make me look better than I really do. I guess I will have to change my photo for this column, so readers who don't know me can see the "aging process." But what you see is what you get. Having pictures taken is definitely not my favorite thing to do.