Friday, May 19, 2017

I've Earned Those Wrinkles

By Andrea Merrell

I will be your God throughout your lifetime   
 until your hair is white with age.
I made you, and I will care for you.
    I will carry you along and save you.
Isaiah 46:4 NLT

Those dreaded words every woman hates to hear: “Grandma, what are all those lines on your face?”

My reply? “Sweetie, your grandma has earned every one of those wrinkles.”

It’s inevitable—at least without the help of Botox or surgery—that those tiny little lines start creeping across our face when we least expect it.

On a TV show years ago, one woman commented to another about all the wrinkles around her eyes. The other woman—who was highly offended—said, “Those aren’t wrinkles, they’re laugh lines.”

The first woman frowned and said, “Honey, nothing can be that funny.”

We can make all the excuses we want, but the ageing process is a part of life. We can keep trying to turn back the clock, or make the most of our here and now. As with most things, ageing gracefully is all about attitude. For me, I know I will get older, but I refuse to get old.

The Bible has much to say about elders, gray hair, and wisdom. Even when life hasn’t been especially kind to us, we can still look back at all we’ve experienced and learned, along with all the lives we’ve touched. We can also rejoice in the fact that the Lord loves us and has been right there with us all the way.

Our best days are ahead.

(Photo courtesy of and Stuart Miles.)


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