I have had numerous occasions to interact with my Grandma in the past 5 years and there are a few things that I have learnt. In this post I would like to share them with you.
The Bible says: Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them” (Ecclesiastes 12:1)
If you have never spent time with old people here is insight from someone who has. One of the biggest mistakes a man can make is to postpone his decision to increase in the knowledge of God to old age. (Colossians 1:9)
Honestly, I have observed that when a person is old he is unable to study the Word of God and is left helpless to face the trails and tribulations of old age with the little he learnt while he was young.
The the bible explains old age poetically. When a person grows old, it says in Ecclesiastes 12:3-5 [Added by Me]:
- The keepers of the house tremble, And the strong men bow down; [The keepers of the house here refers to a person's legs in old age]
- When the grinders cease because they are few, [The grinders refer to a person's teeth]
- And those that look through the windows grow dim; [This verse refers to a person's eyes growing dim]
- When the doors are shut in the streets, And the sound of grinding is low; [This verse refers to the ears going deaf]
- When one rises up at the sound of a bird, And all the daughters of music are brought low. [This verse refers to the inability to appreciate music]
- Also they are afraid of height,
- And of terrors in the way;
- When the almond tree blossoms, [This verse refers to the greying of hair]
- The grasshopper is a burden, [This verse refers to the loss of strength to the point that one cannot even carry a grasshopper on his back]
- And desire fails.
I recently took my Grandma to the Hospital and helplessly watched sickness overpower her. The entire time I knew in my heart that sickness was not the will of God. If she only had revelation that sickness had no right to be in her body she could rise above it. (Healing School) But regretfully, I admitted at the moment that it was too late for her to understand now. Sickness already had a hold of her and she was not in a state to receive revelation and understanding from God.
The Good News is that it is never too late to begin a relationship with God. If you begin early, your end will be grand. (Job 8:7) If you begin early, you too like David will say in the midst of your trails: My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise. (Psalm 57:7)
It is not the perfect will of God for a man suffer in sickness and die. I believe one of the places in the bible where the perfect will of God is revealed concerning old age is in the life of Moses. The bible says: Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, his eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished. (Deuternomy 34:7) Those who belong to the Kingdom of God have a new and better covenant with better promises than that of Moses. (Hebrews 8:6) If Moses could live to be a hundred and twenty and still be active and healthy so can we under the New Covenant.
Old age for a simple person can be full of loneliness, lack of purpose, sickness and suffering. But if you will begin a relationship with God when you are young, your last days could be better than your first.