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I Turned 70 This Past Week

Turning 70

That’s not necessarily a devastating milestone in anyone’s life although it carries some significance.

Even saying it.

I Turned 70 this week.

I know a few of you have already passed thru this threshold of age and everything kept on as before.

We were in NOTL, (Niagara on The Lake) with our daughter, her husband and our two granddaughters..

Our son came for dinner with his wife and our 13 year old grandson.

It doesn’t get much better than that all things considered.

Interesting lesson that is sometimes hard to get into our minds that it’s in the looking forward to things that tend to create the most excitement.

Once the day is come and gone it’s as Peggy Lee sang:

 Is that all there is.  If so, let’s keep dancing.

The earth didn’t go off kilter when I turned 70 as it probably didn’t for you or won’t if you’re not there yet.

The Bible has some good advice for hitting 70, or 80, or 90 or more.

Even to your old age and gray hairs

I am he, I am he who will sustain you.

Isaiah 46:4

What a great promise, that God doesn’t give up on us as we age.

The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.

Proverbs 20:29

Unfortunately, there’s an over abundant reference to hair, of which I have little.

But even again that’s a minor frustration.

Here’s one I kind of like from 1 Kings

When King David was very old, he could not keep warm even when they put covers over him. 2 So his attendants said to him, “Let us look for a young woman to serve the king and take care of him. She can lie beside him so that our lord the king may keep warm.”

1st Kings 1

But here’s a better one.

 Isaiah 40

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

No reference to age here as far as being renewed in our strength when we spend time meditating on God and the fact that God is our everlasting support, whose understanding of our situation knows no limit.

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 outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2nd Corinthians 4:16 – 18

So age doesn’t matter.

What should matter most to us is having a meaningful relationship with the God who never tires of us even when we might become tiresome and who understands everything about us and still loves us.

Puts being 70 into a new perspective.