How Old Are You?

Have you noticed the only time in our lives when we want to be old is when we’re young? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

“How old are you?” “I’m 4 and a 1/2!” You’re never 36 and a1/2. You’re 4 and 1/2, going on 5! That’s the key. You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

“How old are you?” “I’m going be 16!” You might only be 13, but hey, you’re going to be 16! And then the greatest day of your life-you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. You BECOME 21.Something has changed-you are different.

But then you TURN 30. What happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! “He TURNED; we had to throw him out”. There’s no fun now-you “turned”-some sort of corner or some chemical makeup was altered.

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40. Wait a minute-time out! Put on the brakes! Que paso? It’s all too fast! Before you know it, you REACH 50. You start talking nostalgically. But eureka-you MAKE it to 60. It seems like some sort of accomplishment-like there should be a medal ceremony.

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60. You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70!  And the circle, it goes round and round. And the painted ponies go up and down. We’re captives on the carousel of time.

Aging is a wonderful thing. As you age you can look back at old pictures of yourself and notice how young or skinny you were, or the dark hair, or the fashion funny clothes. Or you might look in the mirror now and say-“who is that person? You mean I’ve been walking around in that all these years?”

And underneath it all is YOU. YOU exist as a person that is almost timeless, or ageless-it is just YOU. It is not in the clothes or your size or the chronological age, but it is the YOU that God knows. The one He made. The one He knew when YOU were in your mother’s womb-the YOU that is fearfully and wonderfully made.

That’s probably why, in the Resurrection, The Bible speaks of the promise of new bodies (1 Corinthians 15: 50-54) because this world ages-everything-including you and me. But God stands with one foot in Eternity and one hand outstretched to us and says, “Trust Me. I know what I am doing. Take My hand.” From age to age He is still the same. And that is the foundation of His trustworthiness-it is Eternal.

Pastor Joseph Wamack
Celebration Seventh-Day Adventist Church