I’ve been reading through the book of Ecclesiastes. What a great book.
The poetry is amazing. I love the author’s metaphors in chapter 12 for the aging process (something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately).
How about this?:
“When the keepers of the house tremble and the the strong men stoop.” Yes, at the age of 63 I’m beginning to understand this. It annoys me that I can’t bounce up the stairs like I used to. It bothers me that my back hurts after an hour of yard work.
My dad had been a strong, capable Army Air Corps pilot during World War two. But the years (here he is at the age of 92 at our daughter’s wedding) stole his vitality.
“When men rise up at the sound of birds.” Yep, I awake at about 4:30. I remember my grandmother getting up at the crack of dawn, and I wondered, how does she do that?
“When men are afraid of heights.” As a child, I used to climb trees and perform gymnastic feats. Now, my balance isn’t as good as it used to be, and I worry that I’ll trip and fall down my own steps (like I did last year and almost broke my knees.)
Here’s me, going carefully down the steps near Lake Evergreen, CO. Bruce is holding Little Kira’s hand. I’m gripping the handrail.
Age continues to surprise me. With every new ache or strain, I have to remind myself, “Oh, yes, you’re an older woman now.”
I bristle at the thought. In my mind I’m still 22, even though the mirror and the camera shock me with their harsh reality.
But I wouldn’t go back to that age. Even though I was in the thick of performing in shows, singing concerts and recitals, learning opera roles, finishing up my music degree, with wattage to burn at both ends of the day, I wouldn’t go back.
At that age, I hardly gave God a nod. Life was too much about me all the time.
I had a vague feeling that I was missing out spiritually, but I couldn’t jump off the merry-go-round. It was going too fast.
Ecclesiastes says, “Remember your creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come…”
Oh, how well the author understood our frailty, our brief days of vitality.
Thank God, He intervened and communicated this message to me: Don’t waste your years only thinking about acquiring wealth, knowledge, degrees, fame. It only lasts a very short time.
Let Me order your days. Then what I call you to do will be something that will last beyond your brief time on earth.
Youth and age: better with God.