You were told that your foolish desires will destroy you and that you must give up your old way of life with all its bad habits. Ephesians 4:22 CEV
I love the innocence of children who still possess naivety concerning the rigors of real life. One of my Sisters-in-Christ shared the question that her young granddaughter asked, “Grandma if you could go back to being any age, what age would it be?” I smiled as I felt a warm fuzzy feeling when I reflected on my own childhood and the imagination that I possessed at her age. I silently prayed for God to protect the innocence of this young girl whom I also know.
This morning, I have put more thought into the question: What age would I return to? I have come to the conclusion that I would stay exactly where I am. Even though, I have suffered many extreme hardships, I have a testimony to share of how God loved me enough to deliver me. I had hurt which turned into bitterness and unforgiveness toward individuals that had intentionally betrayed me. My character traits were the direct opposite of the Fruit of the Spirit described in Galatians 5:22-23. The lifestyle that I chose did not reflect or acknowledge my belief in the love and power of God. Now that I live by faith, I know the present is paving the pathway to a glorious future with God.
Yes, my physical body is aging daily, my memory is not as sharp, and I write notes or verbalize out loud to assist in the remembrance game. Even so, I am striving for a much closer relationship with God. My desire is to possess the Fruit of the Spirit, to have the peace that passes all understanding, and to live eternally with Jesus Christ-the One who died for me. At this stage, I am able to turn all burdens over to Jesus. Because I believe in the unconditional love, the grace and the mercy of my Heavenly Father; I know my Redeemer lives, and yes, this is the best time of my life.
“I’m gonna sing, sing, sing, I’m gonna shout, shout, shout, I’m gonna sing, I’m gonna shout, praise the Lord. When the gates are open wide, I’m gonna sit at Jesus’ side, I’m gonna sing I’m gonna shout: Praise the Lord!”
Prayer for today: Dear God, I look forward to the day when you will send your Son, and create a new heaven and a new earth. Thank you for loving me and giving me the promise of eternal life when I choose your will and your way. Thank you for letting me live to see the best years of my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz