Be my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to give me safety,
for you are my rock
and my fortress.
Psalm 71, 3
My Bible gives the title of this post to Psalm 71. As I face the reality of old age, it’s so easy to fall into worry-traps. Already prone to that weakness, I fill the pages of my journal with “What if’s.” What if there is no one to care for me? What if we run out of money? What if my husband needs care and I am no longer able to care for him? What if, what if, what if…?
In Psalm 71, the psalmist deals with his aging by calling on God for protection.
In my more sane moments, I look back on my life and celebrate God’s constant care. When I made a move, a significant life changing decision, God put my husband in my life to help me navigate a complicated world. When I needed a kidney transplant, a co-worker offered one of her’s to me. This list could go on and on.
Aging is a time to focus on our relationship with the Divine, It is a time to live in the present moment, a time to trust that all shall be well because our God is in charge.
Clearly, I need to return, time and again, to the prayer that is Psalm 71. Worry is not an option.