It’s kind of funny you should mention that Sherri.
I was thinking the same thing earlier today. It’s weird, but I never really worried about getting older. But I’m doing it. I’ve got push mower that I just bought—eight years ago. And it seems that the older I get the shorter the years are. I took my truck in to have it fixed and I was grousing about how long it was taking and the mechanic said, “Well, on these older trucks sometimes it takes awhile to get parts.” At least I think that’s what he said. I tuned out when he said ‘older trucks’ and realized that the thing was a ’93. That’s fourteen to you and me. But I love that truck.
You see things don’t stay the same and aren’t we glad? I remember head banging back in the day–wasted youth and all, most every one’s got some of it–but we could stay up all night and get up the next day and function. Now I’m—well, forty’s looking pretty good, let’s just leave it at that. Ahem. Now I’ve got a one year old and I’ll tell you what, staying up all night just ain’t nearly as much fun as it used to be.
But that’s the way things are in this old world. A wasting, dying, sickening world where we get old and die or just fade out. I don’t have to detail it: we all know we’re terminal. And in spite of it all God gets the glory.
And I want you to know that the day is coming when we won’t have to put up with it any more. I’m not up on my eschatology so I won’t get really detailed, but I’ll say this: Jesus is coming back to get those who believe and take care of those who don’t.
And then we won’t have to worry about our bad knees, backs, elbows and necks ‘cause we’ll have new ones.
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.– 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (ESV)