Monday, October 25, 2010

Thankful for Wisdom


I am now a "woman of a certain age," so it is noteworthy when I find myself one of the youngest in the group. Such was the case last friday when we went to lunch with my Mom and Dad and another elderly couple who are dear friends.

We met at Mom and Dad's little house and then drove to a nearby restaurant. Matching our steps to those slowed by age and illness, we went inside and found our places around the table. The food was delicious, but there was something far more satisfying being served up.

I felt like a little girl again, sitting at the table, listening to the adult conversation and feeling somehow comforted. Wisdom, garnered from years of experience and walking with the Lord, flavored their words, and it was good.

I have certainly lived long enough to know that "there is nothing new under the sun", but it is so encouraging to hear from those who have experienced so much of joy and sorrow. There is great treasure to be mined from the life of one who has trusted in the saving grace of God.

Life, with all its attendant trials and heartbreak, is put into perspective when viewed through the prism of these precious people. They bear witness to the truth that what really matters cannot be measured by worldly standards. It is not possessions or power or fame that bring contentment; it is our relationships - with family, the people that fill our lives, and the Lord.

I am thankful for Godly parents and friends - for the wisdom that comes with age - for a God who is all He has promised to be.

Linking with Ann today - part of the Gratitude Community

Blessings,
Linda

10 comments:

Sandy said...

It's so wonderful that you still have
your parents with you. I miss mine so
very much. Yours and their friends are
wise indeed. It's not possessions or
power or anything this world has to
offer that make life worth living.
It's only a relationship with Jesus
Christ.
Blessings,
Sandy

Heather said...

Amen! Amen! And amen!

So glad you had a delightful gathering... so glad the Lord continues to speak and use you to share His love!

Blessed every time,
heather :)

Doug Spurling said...

After all the running and chasing life it comes down to the wisdom of knowing - The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. All that I have in Him is more than enough. Thank you for sharing this meal with us.

Annesta said...

Linda,
What a beautiful post! How lovely to still have your mom and dad and be able to socialize with them and their friends. And yes, there is so much wisdom and comfort in a situation like that.
So glad that I stopped by to visit at your blog.
Simply lovely!
blessings
~a

Maxine said...

My heart was warmed while reading this, Linda. How very true. That sounds like such a precious time and I am so glad you were able to have it.

emily wierenga said...

oh Linda i love when you post... for it feels as though i'm sitting there with you, learning beside you. and you write so young, so pure in heart... love you. e.

Anonymous said...

that is pretty cool :-)

S. Etole said...

This reminds me of what a gift my parents were .... and such a major blessing in my life.

grammy said...

My sweet in-laws were with us all last week. I loved the stories they had to tell us (o: You should revisit the city...especially since you lived close and went as a kid. There are tour groups that go...I assume anyway...because I thought I saw a lot while there.

deb said...

you teach me , Linda.

thank you.