Tuesday, May 31, 2011

90 Years Of Life

My Mom turned 90 this past weekend. She still has a sharp mind and reasonably good health for her age! She was surrounded by family and friends and was obviously enjoying the blessing of seeing her heritage. Children, grandchildren and 5 great children!

As she reflected on this milestone she would often say, "I never thought I would be this old one day!" The thought of outliving family and friends was not in her plan.

She has seen a lot and been through a lot.

Psalm 90 is an appropriate reflection by someone who also outlived many of his peers. Moses said many good things in this brief Psalm that are worth remembering, "Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations...For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past...So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom."

So what does this have to do with our daily routine in marriage?

What would a marriage look like that had it's dwelling in the Lord from the beginning? It would look like a couple who increasingly valued each day and lived it as though it were the last. Not in a morbid fear but with gratitude. It would be a love that, "...bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." I Corinthians 13:6

To number our days is to not take them for granted. Although we can't assume our tomorrows we can rest on the promises of God today. Promises like John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." or John 16:33, "In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."

My friends if you have trusted in Jesus and are living for Him let it be seen today in your marriage so when people talk about you when you are gone they will talk about a couple who had God as their dwelling place and numbered their days for Jesus' sake.


bwsmith said...

Thanks Pastor Jerry -- and our congratulations to your mom on her birthday.

Love in Christ,
Barbara Smith

Douglas Smith said...

Happy birthday to your Mom indeed! My Mom was enjoying life greatly at age 90, and for four more years.

"Growing old is not for sissies" was a favorite expression, but she always entered into life with enthusiasm.

Psalm 90 is remarkable: both heavenly and down to earth. It remind us where our home is and of the Lord's faithfulness. Then come reminders of our natural state. Then we look ahead with hope, praying for satisfaction and joy in the Lord. We ask that we and our children will view God in action. Finally, we pray to receive continuing work from God and to perform it perfectly.

I readily make Moses' prayer my own. Teach me to number my days and remember always how great our God is.

Thanks for your post. Doug Smith