“Every now and then I get terrified that the best years have gone by”, she sang. More and more of us can identify, since a very small percentage of Americans get richer and a bigger and bigger percentage of Americans get poorer. I certainly made more money in the past with higher status jobs. As I get older, one reason that I would like to get another Great Pyrenees dog is so when I walk around drooling, the Great Pyrenees will drool with me and make it much cooler to drool!
I do not think the singer was worried about drooling, but after age 30 or 40, most of us see missed opportunities for glamor or adventures. On my worst days I do also. But on my best days, I take the view of my father, who would say, “The best is yet to come.” I never actually heard him say that, for I rededicated my life to Jesus very shortly before he died, so I had little opportunity to talk about things of God with him. A cousin related that he would say that often, and she was older than I, and if I heard it as a small child, I missed the significance then.
But for the Christian, , no matter how terrible or how great our situation is, we can be certain that the best is yet to come. The Bible promises that heaven is much better than any of us can imagine. My best nature thoughts are of the Great Smoky Mountains (where I picked blueberries recently and plan to again soon), the Swiss Alps, and the Norwegian mountains, and Great Pyrenees dogs. My best thoughts of food are Paula Dean type fried chicken, French bread, Belgian chocolate, Dutch gouda cheese, Rooibosch tea from South Africa, and Best Italian Pizza from Gatlinburg, TN.
But 300 Bible references promise that Jesus will return as the judge of all, and those who love him will have the best years, much better than anyone can guess, for eternity! Christians can take different views of exactly how Jesus will return, but every eye shall see him, so it will not be a secret or symbolic return. And if a person thinks this is a fairy tale, it is based on the historic resurrection of Jesus Christ, for which there is much evidence. Where is the evidence for views to the contrary? It is only the feelings or wistful thinking and not in historic evidence, so in those cases there is logic to be “terrified that the best years have gone by.” But for the one who has been drawn by the Holy Spirit to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord, even if we start to drool as we walk, the best is yet to come. As the Bible promises, the eye has not seen neither has the ear heard, what good things God has in store for those who love him.