I walked towards the tall building on a beautiful fall afternoon. The cool air had provided relief from the summer heat and everyone was taking advantage of being outside.
I breathed in the crisp air that had put me in a good mood and walked with my head high. I felt good. Life was good this day.
Then it happened. One minute I was walking and the next minute I was lying face down on the ground. After the initial shock of falling, I stayed where I was. I was unable to face the hundreds of people who had just witnessed the most ungraceful fall in mankind. I wondered how long it would take me to melt into the sidewalk and disappear.
I heard a muffled voice in the distance. I could not figure out what it said so I ignored. It happened again but this time, it was louder and I realized it was for me. I looked up to find a young man in his twenties running towards me.
“Ma’am, are you ok?” he asked.
As he helped me up, I did not answer. I only stared at him. He must have thought I was dazed and hurt, but I wasn’t. I was perfectly fine. I knew the embarrassment of falling would fade. I also knew that in a couple of days my friends and I would laugh as I recounted this story. But, as I stared at him, I realized something did happen. Something I may never recover from.
He called me “ma’am.”
When did I become a ma’am? I have always associated that word with someone who is older than me. I realized that, to this twenty-something, I am old, therefore making me a ma’am.
Feeling down about my new found status, I turned to my Bible and guess what I found? Ladies, aging is not a bad thing. In fact, it’s a great thing. As we grow older, we gain a great status in the eyes of the Lord. Here are a few:
Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?
Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
We are distinguished woman with wisdom and understanding. Sure we don’t have all the answers, but God is with us every step of our journey here on Earth. He will use our wisdom to guide us where we need to go.
The younger generation may see us as old but in God’s eyes, we are his precious and valuable daughters. Friends, let’s go out there and embrace our “ma’am” status.