Devotional – Inward Botox

2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.

I love that God gets it. When I’m spending time in His word every frail human concern, each insignificant problem is covered. It’s a humbling feeling to be met right where you are by so mighty a creator.

Both my kids were in school this week. For the first time I had a couple mornings without my babies and suddenly life felt incredibly fleeting. I felt old. I’m full of expectation for all the amazing things the Lord is going to do with my family in this new chapter of our lives, but also the crushing weight of growing older. Of my parents getting older. The thought of losing people I love desperately has, in an instant, become very real.

This verse from 2 Corinthians jumped off the page at me as I read the verses from my “real” devotion this morning. The comforting words were a balm to my troubled little heart. It felt like a giant God hug. Like I was being held and soothed. It was just exactly what I needed. The renewal of my innermost being is absolutely essential. Especially on days when I suddenly feel old. Spending a few minutes with the Lord is refreshing and revitalizing to my spirit. I get to take the worries and concerns of my day and just lay them down.

Yes, people get old. Everyone does. The outward perishes, breaks down and eventually stops working. No amount of plastic surgery can keep your heart ticking one extra beat. But, as I daily sit in the Lord’s presence, I’m keeping the part of me that’s really who I am young at heart. The Bible is like the inward Botox my soul needs. I’m so thankful for a God who cares about such a shallow concern and provides such amazing relief from the worries of this old life.

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