Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | February 28, 2020

87 Years Old and Still Making Surprising Discoveries!

Celebrating my 87th Birthday

Living for 87 years has been quite an adventure for me; I’ve lived far longer than any other male, in my family, for which I have any records. I know my times are in the Lords hands and rejoice in Psalms 139:16 where it is written:

16 You saw me before I was born.
    Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
    before a single day had passed.

And I join with David when he observes in verse 6:

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too great for me to understand!

At those surpassingly lofty thoughts, I also join with Solomon when he writes in Proverbs 3:5-6:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.

I really love the idea of walking by faith and not by sight! The world is filled with strange things I don’t understand; many of which I steadfastly refuse to understand. I apply Thomas Gray’s quote, “Where ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise.” There are some things I feel much better off not knowing about!

Now, About the Surprising Discoveries

I’ve commented before on how the changes taking place as I age are sometimes predictable and sometimes surprising to me. The visible signs of ageing are easily observed by anyone who cares enough to look; I have observed older people all my life and seen the effects age has on the individual. What has been impossible to observe are the changes taking place on the inside, in the perceptions and expectations of these older individuals.

When, in past years, I was charged with the job of evaluating the retirement industry as a potential area for investment; I felt sorry for those older individuals who were living in even the finest retirement facilities as I imagined them chafing under the restraints imposed by their ageing bodies. What has finally been revealed to me as I joined the older set was the drastic change that would take place in my perceptions and preferences as the years rolled by.

The Joys of Less

A limited range of activities has become very appealing to me now and I find perfect contentment in a restricted lifestyle. While, by choice, I do keep somewhat busy at things I enjoy, I also find taking time for a little rest is much appreciated.

I never even suspected my thinking would change so much as I aged; this is surely a great blessing from the Lord in my estimation. My mind is keeping pace with my body and it is very gracious of our Lord to arrange that. Each day that passes is seen as a gift from the Lord; I rejoice in the sure knowledge that he has carefully planned each and every one of the days I have left!

We saw a TV special on the oldest driver in Florida; a man, 107, who drives a red Mercedes sports convertible. He’s dating a woman who is only 100 but when you get to that point in your life, what’s seven years? I truly appreciated his positive attitude toward life and hope, by God’s grace, to retain an enthusiasm for the opportunities presented to me by the Lord!

16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


  1. Happy Birthday, Brother David


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  2. David Happy Birthday!..And many more blessed years to come. I thoroughly enjoy your blogs. It is well…jim

    Sent from my iPad


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  3. Thank you, Phil!


  4. A most Happy Birthday David

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  5. Older is wiser. Thank you for sharing David and Happy belated Birthday.
    John Lagace

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  6. I love you dearly ❤️

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