It happens…an inevitability common to all creation…animal, vegetable, inorganic, and human. John Quincy Adams wrote about it in his Diary, March 5, 1844. After a lifetime of faithful Diary entries, he mournfully decided he couldn’t continue. The increasing degeneration of physical and mental capacity left him no choice. Great Diaries, 208.
King David came to it, after some 70 years. I Kings 1:1-4 tells the story. His circulation had failed, his limbs shivered from a chill he couldn’t still and blankets couldn’t banish. A bright idea secured the services of a ravishing virgin, who spent her time coddling, cuddling and covering the ailing king in her hot embraces.
To no avail. She may have smothered his shaking, but she couldn’t summon passion from the formerly potent, lusty sovereign. What spelled the difference between a 50 something king and Bathsheba and a 70 something invalid and Abishag? YEARS that had as surely silenced his sexual drive as it hardened his arteries.
A preacher had a church member obsessed with politics, politicians and elections. He could remember political conventions, the result of elections, margin of victory in each national contest, where and when the political parties held their conventions, etc. The minister visited the man when he became ill in his later life. He began to ask questions about the present political situation. To his amazement and shock the man replied that he no longer had any interest in “those things.” A lifetime obsession suddenly gone!
How can we outlast our mortality? To regain what time diminishes? To restore lost vitality, diminished or disappeared intellect, the snap in our step, and a quickening interest in sights and sounds around us?
It can be done. It shall be done. God commands it to be done. The ravages of age will be reversed, the loss of intellect restored, the appreciation of life quickened. However, it won’t be done until God renews creation in Christ’s Return.
That’s the unhappy truth people don’t want to hear. They want it all and they want it now! Therefore, those with products and procedures promising instant results thrive. The cosmetic industry sold $55 BILLION in 2014; in 2013 plastic surgeons performed 15.1 million procedures, 1.6 million of them invasive, because Americans needed sagging skin tightened, and age spots covered—restoring what could be, masking what could not. Bettermoneyhabits.com
We won’t stop trying to find eternal youth now, but we’ll never succeed. God has consigned our present bodies to deterioration and decay, even as he provides inward renewal that guarantees eventual bodily renewal II Corinthians 4:16-18.
Be realistic, America; give up your pursuit of delusional eternal youth. Be smart, America; live as healthily as you can, but accept the fact of aging that God will one day reverse—but only in his time and only in Christ’s Return in Glory.