Where’s the moron who coined this expression??? There’s no such thing. Aging gracefully is an oxymoron. Like jumbo shrimp. Like clearly confused, pretty ugly, original copy! There’s nothing graceful about crow’s-feet, age spots, three chins or sagging skin. Nothing, I tell you! Our Creator allows us X amount of time on earth (I don’t have enough information to solve for X) and, should that exceed 50 years, (X is greater than or equal to 50) the curse that is aging will overtake you. He tells us our lives are but a vapor! James 4:14 is quite poetic in the observation ‘life is like the morning fog – it’s here a little while, then it’s gone’.
I was amazed when I found (in the course of my obsession over this topic) 10 tips for aging gracefully. And even more amazed with the discovery that there were 7 things I MUST avoid in my quest. Further research informs me that aging gracefully is an art!! Well, I’ve never claimed to be DaVinci…perhaps Picasso! But in Revelation 4:11, I”m reminded ‘You are worthy, oh Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for You have created all things’. God is the Artist of our creation.
For the forward thinkers among us there is a modern guide to aging gracefully and, should that prove to be a bit too advanced, please consider the simple method to obtain your goal. The modern method might be preferable if the simple method is a product of the late 1800s. What did anyone know about aging gracefully then? Wood cook stoves, no A/C, no birth control, no Botox, being treated as chattel…no way!. Not difficult to understand why women would want to vote, have some control over their lives and bodies. I feel compelled to point out that neither method takes God’s plan into consideration. And He has one.
Possibly in an attempt to offer a hint of continental flair, the New York Times will even help you to age gracefully in the french way! That’s insulting! French women have been aging longer, perhaps? Ergo, they know more about the art of aging? We’re back to art. I don’t think an excess of experience will slow the process or alter the end result. But we overcome when we remember ‘God has given us eternal life’ (1John 5:11). This is His will for those who follow His teachings.
I understand the dread that comes with aging. I understand the frustration that comes with getting older. Our bodies betray us with aches and pains, limitations we aren’t mentally ready to accept. Fighting back with creams, lotions, injections, laser procedures and surgeries may slow the process, provide a sense of stalling what is unavoidable, but it’s an illusion. Far better to trust in ‘God’s mysterious plan’ – Collossians 2:2.
So, after much thought, I’ve decided I’m going to age with attitude! I had my hairdresser color my hair platinum last week…my way of living in fast forward. I won’t wait for it to get white! I’ll embrace each change as it comes, adding my own unique twist and creating my personal style for middle age, secure in the knowledge that God is in charge. His will be done.
It’s a dangerous world, my friend. God’s peace to you.