This morning I got a text message from a friend who is traveling. “Went through the most horrendous storm on our way here but got to see a wonderful double rainbow because of it” As I reflect on this past decade of working with Senior Adults this is descriptive of what I have learned from their lives.
Aging is, indeed, a diminishing experience in many ways. The journey gets harder. These bodies become more difficult to live in. But the rainbow promise holds true: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far out weighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
We usually think of the glory as being associated with heaven and that is true, but there also are glimpses of glory (rainbows) here. If we belong to Jesus, the same Holy Spirit that lived in Him when He walked on earth lives in us. This Spirit does not get old or sick and He is renewing our lives each day. In fact, His power is made perfect in weakness, even if the weakness is due to aging.
To become an older Christian is an opportunity to experience more excitement in your last decade than in your first. Let’s not miss the rainbow!!!