Robertson McQuilkin, former esteemed president of Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina, once drove an elderly friend on an errand. She moved slowly and painfully, being crippled with arthritis.
“Robertson,” she asked as they drove along, “why does God let us get old and weak? Why must I hurt so?”
“I’m not sure,” McQuilkin replied, “but I have a theory.”
“What is it?”
He hesitated to share it, but she insisted. This is what he said: “I think God has planned the strength and beauty of youth to be physical. But the strength and beauty of age is spiritual. We gradually lose the strength and beauty that is temporary, so we’ll be sure to concentrate on the strength and beauty which is forever.”