Experience is gained over 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 have been there, done that. There is good and bad experience – the best one is the presence of God’s love flowing through our life. It is great to stand up and testify to the fact that we have lived many years and yet we have never seen God abandoning His children. Knowing this is the beauty of age and experience.
Depending on our outlook on life age will make us kinder with the increasing ability to empathize with people. When we see the light, we get a glimpse of God’s profound grace saving us from the certain fate of self-destruction. When we understand that God is not here to condemn us but to save us, our experience becomes our crown and glory and 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.
Unfortunately, age comes with bad side-effects. God eliminates those once we proceed to the other side of heaven. God’s Son has been on both sides of heaven and so He is well able to maneuver us through the wilderness of life. Jesus walked the dusty deserts of the Middle East, developed friendships, made enemies, suffered betrayal, and traversed the valley of the shadow of death. He understands where we come from and is with us every step of the way, until we reach the other side.
In the end we can say with Jesus: “We’ve seen both sides”. And nobody can take this crown of experience away from us.