I don’t know about you, but each year of my life seems to go progressively faster. When I recall how long I’ve had a friend, the number of years is much higher than it feels it should be. The age of my younger siblings creeps up higher each year, and I begin to forget how old I actually am.
We have all heard the phrase Carpe Diem, meaning, “seize the day”. We live in a fast-paced world, and it can be a struggle to seize the opportunities presented to us. It can also be a challenge to cherish the moments we have lived in the past and those we are currently living in. 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 can play as an anthem when the wheel seems to be rolling faster than you can run. Though it could be read as a verse encouraging us to relax and unwind, let’s see what happens when we read it through the lenses of a great grandmother who has lived 9 decades amongst her siblings, sons, daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
That is why we are not discouraged. Though outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are renewed day by day. Our suffering is light and temporary and is producing for us an eternal glory that is greater than anything we can imagine.
This verse advises us to continue to fight the good fight with honor and vitality. Life will be busy and chaotic, without a doubt. We will have trials and tribulations. We will miss important milestones in the lives of our loved ones. We will fail our brothers and sisters in Christ at some point in our life. These events are destined to occur as God wills for them to. We must embrace His grand design and know that our road will be a long and winding yellow brick road. It will be one full of adventures, disappointments and successes, tears and laughter, all of which shape us into being more obedient women of God.
Time is sprinting; chase it. Not as to capture and stop it, but as to keep up with it and be greeted by unexpected circumstances during our expedition. In order to keep pace with time and God’s will, we must be cognizant, or aware, of our health, both mentally and physically. Our physical bodies are the vessels that enable us to fulfill God’s will by interacting with His children. Our mental fortitude to trust that God will hold us is of utmost importance. In Isaiah 46:4, He says:
I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you.
There is not a step we take that God is not by our side. Though it may sometimes feels as though the rocks we walk on are aflame, only He can make them feel refreshing and supportive. As we age, our daily tasks may become overwhelming, even impossible at times. Our faith in our God, our relationships will others, our memories we cherish, and our hunger for a deeper meaning in our life will provide the fuel we need to age with honor and vitality.