Inspirations From The Mountains

November 2, 2009

James Stewart, star of the classic movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life!” had this to say about the aging process. “After seventy it’s patch, patch, patch!” When I was thirty I believed him. But I was only forty years old when the patching began. My body parts began wearing out, so I had to get them patched.  

Emory and I, both seventy-ish, landed on the subject of age the other day and I shared with him what was running through my mind. “After seventy there is nothing left to patch.” He responded, “What we’re doing is putting patches over patches.” We had a great laugh together. But it got me to thinking. We have a great life! Sometimes we feel as if we are the most blessed people on earth.  God is so very good to us! 

So how can it be that we are continually sewing on another patch?  Why are we so happy and blessed when our bodies are nothing but patches? The Holy Spirit reminded me that it depends on what kind of patches we sew on.  2 Corinthians 4:16-18 says, We do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.  
Perhaps that is why God gives us another childhood at the end of our lives. Children have such a sweet and precious faith, and they make a fun time out of everything. So we stay happy, first by keeping Jesus in our hearts. That’s the first and most important patch. Then the second patch is contentment. Godliness with contentment is great gain. 1Timothy 6:6. Finally, the last patch is humor. A merry heart does good like a medicine. Proverbs 17:22   

Your way of keeping a merry heart is probably different than ours, but I will share some of them with you. First, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We laugh long and often by singing silly songs, telling funny stories, using favorite childhood expressions, and repeating our favorite jokes. We picked up so many fun things when we spent those years driving school buses, and through all the 50 years we worked with children in the church.

Now, if you will notice, not a single one of these patches are things we can see with our eyes, but things that are seen by the heart.  –Rebecca Somoskey