Monday, January 28, 2019

Did I Forget Something? - Martin Wiles

Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. Psalm 92:14 NLT

“I brought my glasses just in case. I once would not have done that,” my wife remarked.

As we drove out of our driveway on our way for a day on the Great Smokey Mountain Railway, my wife told me about bringing along her glasses. Most of the time she wears contacts. This time, she decided to bring both.

“You’re getting old,” I said jokingly.

I knew because I do similar things. When I was younger, I never thought about what I might need, just what I would need. As I’ve gotten older, I find myself fearing I won’t have something. Instead of a small toiletry bag, I now carry an old Samsonite case that allows me to take everything I might need—which is three times as much as what I once carried. I don’t want to make a trip to Walmart and buy what I already have at home, so I carry almost everything with me.

“Everything but the kitchen sink” has taken on new meaning. But now I have company. My wife feels my pain and experiences similar aging pains.

In speaking of the aged, the psalmist said they would still produce fruit in old age. Good to know, but I might carry a suitcase with me while I do. A suitcase filled with pain medicine, in case I have a headache; antibiotic cream, in case I cut myself; Benadryl, in case I have an itch; and extra toilet paper, in case the hotel’s is rough and scratchy.

Of all the things I don’t want to forget, salvation is one. Without it, I won’t make the final leg of the trip—the one leading to heaven. So I have to take along repentance and confession of my sins, as badly as I may hate to admit them.

I also don’t want to forget trust or faith. God says I must walk by it. I can’t experience Him with my senses, so faith has to suffice. If I forget it, I leave God behind. Seeing isn’t believing when it comes to a relationship with Him.

And it always helps when I don’t leave kindness behind. The world needs more love. It always has, and it always will. People respond better when I give it—and I’m happier too.

Don’t let your age cause you to forget the important things in life.

Prayer: Father, hold us closely as we age so we don’t forget to make You and others a daily part of our lives. 

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