|Posted on February 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM|
Regret can be a powerful and debilitating emotion. The older we get, the more it can affect our thinking and our response to the world around us. When we look back at the many choices we’ve made throughout our lives who doesn’t wonder about opportunities wasted, open doors walked past, or wreckage left behind. Like a ghost trying to haunt us, if we allow it to, we can wish our lives away on thoughts of the things we should have done differently.
As our bodies begin to fail in ways we never predicted, we wonder why God would waste robust health on the young. Clearly we didn’t appreciate the miraculous workings of our young bodies until there were so many everyday things we could no longer do. How does time slip through our hands so quickly?
Even knowing what we do about our place in the Kingdom, we can’t help but wonder at how much more we could have accomplished had we just understood the fragile nature of these tents that we occupy here on earth. Regrets. What we could have done, what we missed, the roads not taken as poet Robert Frost said.
But despite our insecurities about our failing bodies, and all the resulting physical limitations we may be coping with, we can stand on the promises of God. Isaiah 46:4, my all-time favorite verse, says “Even to your old age I am He.” In other words, we may change but He does not. He is forever our Abba Father, the source of everything we will ever need.
And the scripture goes on to say “I will carry you. I have made and I will bear; even I will carry and I will deliver you.” These days, when our backs our feeling a little less than capable of carrying any burden at all, that’s no empty phrase – it’s a promise that can sustain and hold us upright during the seemingly unfair progression of time.
And we can be assured that even when the world would try and “retire” us out to pasture, God doesn’t ever view us as used up. Abraham, the father of the 12 tribes of Israel was 100 years old when his son, Israel, was born. His wife, Sarah, was 90 years old when her womb, long passed childbearing, was opened and the promised child was planted inside of her. Her very body regenerated to accommodate the promises of God, and she was even able to nurse the child so he could thrive.
On the other side of our physical timeline, the young shepherd boy, David, was chosen to lead a Nation when God called him to be King, uniting all the tribes of Israel under a single monarch. Even through his moral failures God used Him in mighty ways, saying he was a “man after God’s own heart.”
When we begin to feel used up we need to remember that God doesn’t operate on a continuum that is bound by the laws of our physical bodies or abilities. And He’s not expecting perfection. On the day of Pentecost after Jesus ascended into heaven, God’s power was made available to us through the workings of the Holy Spirit in us.
The power that loosed the chains of death, healed the lame, caused the blind to see and who raised Jesus from the grave lives in you and I. Romans 8:11 says “And if the Spirit of God, who raised up Jesus from the dead, lives in you, He will make your dying bodies live again after you die, by means of this same Holy Spirit living within you.” That means, He also restores us to eternal life, despite the fragility of our earthly bodies.
Even when my husband’s health was failing, if asked how he was doing would reply “I’m still kicking, just not as high.” Regret is only valuable if we use it to avoid future mistakes. A steady diet of looking over our shoulder keeps us from walking in the authority we have by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and the new covenant extended to us. We may not kick as high, but thanks to the power of God we are never too old to kick Satan’s backside.
Be blessed my friend. God is on the throne.