Thursday, April 28, 2011

Embracing This Season of Life

It started out innocently enough, my husband suggested I wear I hat before one of our excursions to the gardens. No, I didn't want to wear a hat, I would wear a visor, thank you very much. My mother wears hats, grandmothers wear hats...I wasn't going there. It was from there the Lord started to work on my heart, show me what was really going on.

We have a lot of things we value in this life, dare I say, things we make idols. The Lord was kind enough to show me several weeks ago that being healthy was an idol in my life, could it be, youth or the appearance of youth was something else I valued more than I should. You are probably thinking, all of this because of a hat? To me that hat represented an older person...old people wear hats. Don't even ask me to explain my thinking but that's where I went. God took it from there.

We live in a very youth oriented culture. Being young, looking young is highly valued in our society.  Had I gone down that same road? A friend had told me quite a while ago when it came to getting older I would go kicking and screaming the whole way (remember that conversation Y?) So yeah it probably is a problem

So where do I go from here? For me the first step was recognizing that it was a problem in my life. Did it effect the choices I was making...it could but, I think it was more of an attitude, I was buying into the world's value system. I needed to reorient myself to what God's word says, what his word says is most valuable...and continue to preach that to myself again and again

Some awesome benefits for being a little more "seasoned" The first would be grandchildren...who knew they could be so much fun. Then there is extra time I have with my husband now that our little nest is empty. Our schedules are a little more flexible and I guess I fit into the Titus 2 description (the older women of the church) but that's OK too, it's actually a role I enjoy.

Oh and the hat, I wore it, in fact I bought two more...time to embrace this new role.

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised"
Proverbs 31:30


Trisha said...

I like your hat, Maryann! And I love the thoughts you've shared in this post. When I had skin cancer on my nose removed and the whole surgery seemed to be botched, God showed me how deep my vanity was....and even now, I shudder at the thought of having my face cut on. How gracious God is to show me ever so patiently those things I've made into idols.

Hugs to you!

Kim said...

Love the post! Love the hat! Love the verse!

PS Thanks for living a comment on my One Word.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I love your hat...and can so relate this post. God wants our hearts and He is the one who brings about any change on the outside that others can see...that is my desire, the change from the inside out, which is what you have written about here.

Oh grandchildren...we are praying one in right now...I can't wait, neither can my son and daughter-in-law...hopefully soon.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.