Even in your old age I will be the same, and even in your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you…
On Monday, Amy, the kids, and I took a road trip up to Newberry County to visit with Amy’s 96 year old grandmother, affectionately known to all as “Dom.” Dom was having a good day- we were able to have a good visit in the dining hall of the care facility where she lives, and she delighted in seeing the kids and getting caught up on how things have been going for us since our last visit.
We love Dom, and Dom loves us.
On the ride home, I was thinking about Dom and her life of faithfulness. She and her late husband, “Papa,” raised 7 children together, they faithfully supported the work of their church for years, and their love of and faith in the Lord is evident. A lifetime of obedience and faithfulness. They remind me of Eugene Peterson’s book, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.
Someone like Dom has seen so many changes over the course of her life. She’s been through the Depression, through war, through lean times, and through joyful times. I wondered what she was thinking as Andrew, Lauren, and Matthew scrolled her though the latest pictures on our tablet. What amazing things she has seen in her lifetime.
In the midst of all those joys and challenges and changes, at least one thing has remained constant. God says it in Isaiah, “Even to your old age, I will be the same.” He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. His faithfulness endures forever.
Dom never said it out loud, but she witnessed to me on Monday morning- All the things that seem like big deals to me will fall into place with some time and a renewed perspective that God indeed is carrying us. Every minute. Every day. Forever.
Thank you, Dom.