My wife and I both had birthday parties this month.
We had small but very nice celebrations that another 31,536,000 seconds had ticked by – that’s the kind of fact you can find in an instant on Google.
So that has gotten me thinking a bit about aging – what the dictionary defines simply as “the process of growing old.” Ouch.
But it can be much more. It can be about celebrating life and having deep, meaningful relationships with others and with God.
That’s what the Psalmist invites us to remember in countless places, like Psalm 90. He reminds us that God is eternal, “ageless” if you will:
“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” Psalm 90:1-2
He is acknowledging that God has always been and always will be – the very meaning of the name, as Scripture puts it, “I AM.”
Then, in the very next Psalm, we are reminded of something very important about our relationship to the Eternal God:
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD: ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in Him will I trust.” Psalm 91:1
It is the very essence, the secret, of aging well – abiding in the secret place – called God.
Regardless of our circumstances we can find some measure of peace and it is peace that is eternal.
That’s worth celebrating. I think I will go have another slice of that birthday cake.