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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A Sign of Aging

It's been a few days since I have been able to get on the computer because my 17 year old son has been feverishly working on completing his take home final for his political science college course. Today he is off to work, so I am finally able to do some writing.

Yesterday I went for a medical test. I was pleasantly surprised when the receptionist asked me how old I was. When I told her that I am 42 and will be 43 on Sunday, she said that I don't look it at all. That's what surprised me. So I spent the day walking on a cloud thinking about how well I am doing at aging gracefully. I do have some gray hair, but that's a good sign of wisdom, right? Proverbs 16:31 says, "Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life."

But then this morning I happened to actually look at my reflection in the mirror. I even smiled at myself. That's when I saw it - wrinkles. Not one, or two, but at least a half dozen or more appeared under my eyes and at the corner of my eyes. I wondered what could have caused my skin to stretch over night. Or perhaps I slept funny and caused my face to get some creases where there weren't normally. Maybe all I needed was an iron to just press away the blemish. Alas I realized that it is just another sign of the aging process....

1 Corinthians 13:12 says, " Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." The signs of aging will continue to become visible in my mirror in the years to come. But I look forward to that day when I can be face to face with Jesus and be fully grown and matured in my faith.

6 comments:

Zoe said...

Joy,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY and Happy Mother's Day to you!!!

You are just darling; I love and appreciate your honesty so much.
Sweetie, one of my 3 jobs is in the office of a Plastic Surgeon and I will tell you that even the Dr. thinks a few wrinkles are a good thing.
You are beautiful!!!

I hope your Birthday/Mother's Day are full of laughter and sweet memories with your family.
Zoe

Anne said...

Happy Birthday and Mother's Day to you! Age is all relative. But it is a child that we are all called to be...the gate of heaven is only 3 feet high - so either be a child or go in on your knees :).

Anne said...

Please pick up some flowers at my blog ....

Anne

Marilyn said...

What a happy thing......having your birthday on Mother's Day! I hope you have a great day!

I have my share of gray hairs and wrinkles too but I tell myself it just makes me distinguished looking. Or is it just men that are distinguished looking when they get a little gray? ha ha

God bless you!
Marilyn

SweetPea said...

I'm 34 and have had three or four sporatic strands of gray hair for at least five years. Doesn't bother me a bit b/c I know I look young and definitely feel young.

Happy Birthday/Mother's Day.

Lisa said...

Hi Pearls!

Just wanted to stop by and check in with you. Thanks for the sweet Mother's Day wish on my blog. I hope you had a beautiful one!

Lisa :)