For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Bobby used to say, "getting old ain't for sissies", boy was he right. As we age our strength leaves us as well as our eyesight, and hearing, and savings. We visit the doctor more often, and have to rely on other people for help, and as I look back it seems like it happened overnight. Aging can make us feel vulnerable.
At a recent doctor's appointment I was given a brace with instructions to keep the brace on unless I was washing my hands. I agreed. For those of you who know me, I know what you are thinking, he's not going to wear the brace, rest your minds, my wife said I didn't have a choice. Before we went to bed I ask if Teresa would help take the brace off and wash my hands. It was so simple to take the brace off but when we tried to put it back on we had a senior moment... I felt like a 3 years old. For the next 30 minutes we tried every possible way to reattach the brace. I'm ashamed to admit it, but it only had 2 straps and laid against the back of my wrist. Finally, after much prayer and supplication, VICTORY!! We figured it out, we even took a picture and saved it in our photos in case we had another senior moment.
I wondered what the Lord thought when we were fumbling around with the brace, did he laugh? Maybe, but the overwhelming thought in my mind- He loves us. Whether we are young or old, He loves us. Perfectly, unconditionally, He can't love me any more than He already does. He will never stop loving us, good, bad, happy, sad, from the four corners of the earth, He loves us. He loves me so much that He gave his ONLY son for me, His life was given for mine. In that moment it was enough, all of my insecurities disappeared in the presence of His love. I've come to realize I'm an imperfect person loved by a perfect God.
Pastor Ken Smith