“You’re all I want in heaven! You’re all I want on earth! When my skin sags and my bones get brittle, God is rock-firm and faithful.” Psalm 73:25
“Grandma, why is the skin on your arms hanging?” That came from the seven year old on the way to swim lessons. “Well,” I said, “My skin is seventy-years old. It’s like an old pair of pajama bottoms in which the waist band becomes loose from wear. The skin has elasticity too and it weakens with age.”
David made a point in Psalm 73. While still on earth, he had his heart, mind, and soul pointed to heaven. “You’re [God] all I want in heaven.” He understood that the physical signs of his once younger and stronger body meant his body was maturing and his days on Earth were growing shorter. I understand this concept when I stand in front of the mirror and see my mother (which I am pleased to say is a good thing). The wedding picture on the wall behind me reflects a 19-year old young woman. Few of the features remain—I’m still 5’10” and have the same blue eyes and smile, but fifty years of sunshine, work, and stress have taken a toll on my body.
I won’t spend big bucks on plastic surgery or products to try to reverse signs of aging. Like David, I’ll spend time shoring up my relationship with God.
Father, you’re all I want as I continue in my life cycle on Earth. Amen.