DayBreaks for 10/28/19: The Sounds of Silence
From the DayBreaks archive, October 2009:
Snap. Crunch. Crack. Creak. Pop. No, I’m not talking about the sounds that Rice Crispies make when you pour milk over them in your cereal bowl. I’m talking about the sounds my bones and joints make when I get up in the morning. For some of you, it may not be a timid little “snap” sound – it may be more like a thunderbolt when you move! When Simon and Garfunkel sang about the “Sounds of Silence”, they certainly didn’t have old age in mind! (And I even left out a few of the worse sounds, like moaning and groaning!)
Aging. We see it as an enemy. I’ve written before about all that we to do forestall this unwelcome intruder into our lives: we inject botox, get our faces, chins and foreheads sculpted. We lift here, tuck a bit there to tighten up the skin and remove wrinkles (they even have creams now – and they’re not cheap!) – that claim to do as much if not more than botox injections. We join gyms to sweat and strain in order to keep our bodies functioning a bit more like they did in the good old days when we were young (isn’t it interesting how the “good OLD days” are always referring to when we were YOUNGER!?)
Maybe we’re missing the point. Maybe aging isn’t as bad as we make it out to be. After all, it seems that aging, like being birthed, is also God’s idea and not some invention of a demented human mind. This interesting perspective is from Max Lucado who contemplated the idea that aging is one way that God keeps us “heading homeward.” He has this to say about it: “We can’t change the process, but we can change our attitude…What if we looked at the aging body as we look at the growth of a tulip? Do you ever seen anyone mourning over the passing of the tulip bulb?…Of course not…we don’t mourn the passing of the bulb; we celebrate it. Tulip lovers rejoice the minute the bulb weakens. ‘Watch that one,’ they say, ‘it’s about to blossom!”
What a great perspective to have about the aging process that takes place within us! As each new gray hair appears, instead of trying to pull them out or cover them over with Grecian Formula 16, we should realize (and celebrate) that we are getting that much closer to reaching our full blossom!
What a wonderful perspective this brings to life! Instead of saying, “It’s no fun growing old!”, we should be reminding ourselves and everyone else that they need to keep an eye on us because before long, we will be blossoming in a way we never could otherwise. We are getting closer to being home – where the snap, crackle and pop will be gone forever and where the Lamb will be the Light!
PRAYER: Lord, help us to age gracefully and to blossom into full bloom in Your garden! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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