Experience is gained with time, and with experience comes understanding. An old person remembers how it feels to be young. A young person doesn’t know how it feels to be old. The experienced can put themselves in other people’s shoes because they have walked that road before. They’ve been there, done that. There’s bad experience, and there’s good ones – the best one is God’s love flow all through the years. It is great to stand up and testify to the fact that you’ve lived many years yet you have never seen God abandoning His children. That’s the beauty of experience. That’s the beauty of age.
Depending on your outlook on life age will make you kinder with the increasing ability to understand where people are coming from. When we see the light we get a glimpse of God’s profound grace gathering us and saving us from the certain fate of self-destruction. When we understand that God is here to save us, not to condemn us, our experience becomes our crown and glory because it makes us insightful and merciful; and as we plunge into life with all its ups and downs, our relationship with God and people grows richer and deeper as the years go by.
Unfortunately, age comes with nasty side-effects. God eliminates those once we proceed to the other side of heaven. Throughout our lifetime Jesus is well able to maneuver us through treacherous wilderness, valleys of trouble, breathtaking mountain peak moments, and times of brokenness, loss and despair because God’s Son has been on both sides of Heaven. He walked the dusty deserts of the Middle East, developed friendships, encountered enemies, suffered betrayal, and traversed the valley of the shadow of death. He is with us every step of the way until we reach the other side. Then we can say with Jesus: “We’ve seen both sides”. Nobody can take that crown of experience away from us.