The Older, Wiser Years

Great-Horned-OwlSome sources say that there are as many as 220 species of owls.  Certainly we can say that owls often differ one from another, and so it is with the OWLS of Tabernacle Baptist Church.  The senior saints tend to differ one from another.  God has made us unique, with our own strengths and personalities.

Owls may eat different kinds of animals, even fish or small birds.  The owls of TBC have their own likes and dislikes and that makes the whole group more interesting.  God gave us a free will, so that we can choose to like different things than our neighbors do.  That makes each one of us a little (or a lot) different than our neighbor.  For example some of our OWLS are good listeners and some like to tell exciting or nostalgic stories.  It is good to have both.  Imagine if everyone of our senior citizens wanted to tell a story and no one wanted to hear them.  Or the other way around, what if everyone wanted to listen to a good, old story and there was no one around to tell a story.  It is good that God has made them all different.  They can more readily meet the needs of others by the differences that God has made in the individuals.  That is one reason why it is important that all of the senior citizens should be faithful to every owl function.

On the other hand, there are many things that owls of the forest and field have in common:  They tend to be light-weight for their size and therefore tend to fly more silently than most birds.  Owls have two talons in the front and two in the back so that they tend to grab prey more successfully.  Owls cannot move their eyes, but they can turn their necks up to 270 degrees so that they can easily see their prey.  Owls have a flattened face with concave eyes to increase their hearing up to ten times.

Our OWLS, as a group, would probably tell you that they are more nocturnal than they used to be.  They may say that they tend to have trouble sleeping and are often trying to “pass the time” at night.  

Our society, and past societies, tend to associate wisdom with owls as in the saying “wise old owl.”  Our senior saints certainly embody a great collection of wisdom.  They know better than to do many foolish things that young people spend their time thinking about or trying out.  They know that there is a “pay day, someday” and stay far away from those things that displease their Lord.

In many cases, our OWLS have come to rely on someone stronger who can help them with the tasks of life or with repairs at their homes.  Oh, that Youth would learn so quickly to rely upon God and not run headlong into trying to live life by their own foolish wisdom.

Our OWLS often differ from the owls of the forest.  Those feathered owls tend to be farsighted, maybe so they can better see the little critters of the forest that will soon become their food.  Many of our owls are physically nearsighted and have to wear glasses to see our dear pastor up in the pulpit.  On the other hand, as a group our OWLS tend to be spiritually farsighted, living this life with the next life in view.

I wonder how the rest of us will measure up spiritually when we are in our “older, wiser years?” 


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