the lady in the mirror
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 (NIV)
A number of years ago my wife served as a director of a nursing home. Occasionally I would spend time assisting with social events and visiting with residents. I vividly recall one elderly lady who after looking in a mirror would frequently inquire, “Who is that old lady in the mirror?” I was considerably younger at the time and regarded her query as a symptom of her senility. However, as the years have so swiftly passed, sometimes I find myself also asking the question: “Who is that old person in the mirror?”
How did the years fly by so quickly and why are my memories past events so much clearer than those of yesterday’s? It seems like just a few years ago that I was young man – newly married and embarking on my career. I was in the spring of my life and when I saw older people, I thought that my time to be aged was an eternity away! Even when I retired I did not feel old and even though my mirror revealed a few wrinkles and some gray hairs, I never thought of myself as elderly. However, here I am in the winter season of my life. How did it all happen so quickly?
Now that I am a member of “older” generation and I find myself reflecting on what impact I may have had on the lives I touched as I passed through the years. Were most of these encounters positive or negative? Have I always treated others, as I would want them to treat me? How well did I reflect Him as I passed through the previous seasons of my life? Is the world a little better place because I lived or did my words and deeds make little or no difference?
Sometimes I find myself reflecting on those things that I intended to do but postponed and for one reason or another never did accomplish. However, now my winter season is here and I’m not sure how long it will last; but rather than wasting time lamenting lost opportunities, I have vowed to accomplish those things that I still can do and get at them! May He assist me in not lamenting about “Who is that old person in the mirror?” and help me more fully realize that each day is His gift to me to accomplish unfinished tasks. Yes, life is a gift and how I live it, regardless of the number of days remaining, is my gift to Him and ensuing generations.