I hate being hot. Hate it. Over the last weekend, Erin and I stayed at a Bed and Breakfast that had the heat on…I insisted on opening the bedroom windows because I was so hot.
And I am so over these power surges that are also known as hot flashes. I’m over being hungry all the time but having to muzzle the urge to plow through a gallon of ice cream. And I’m over this brain fog that my physician assures me will go away…when the hot flashes do.
Ugh. I’m chatting causally about menopause. Middle Age. Transition.
There are lists of all the symptoms, but not every woman experiences them all. Nor is there a timeline for them, but it is a rite of passage for women experiencing this stage in their lives.
Typically, the menopause process takes years to complete, but post-menopausal women say that they either feel stronger and content…or they feel old with less standing in society since they are past childbearing years. Regardless of how they feel post-change, they went through the challenge of change.
And this challenge is not for the weak.
However, the Christian woman can take comfort in turning to God during middle-age transitions. Hebrews 13:5 reassures us that God will not leave us, despite the aging process making us feel less than we were in our youth. We have assurance from 2 Corinthians 12:9 that God’s grace is sufficient, and His power is made perfect in weakness.
The reality is that a post-menopausal Christian woman should feel strong and content. We’ve reached the stage where we can share our experiences and mentor others. Those experiences may have included allowing the Lord to see those middle-aged anxieties and fears. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” At no time in our lives do we have to feel alone in our struggles…and this is true also of pre-during-or-post menopause.
Challenges are always hard. When we have others around us encouraging and leading us through, it makes it easier to navigate. The ultimate gift is knowing that this is also part of God’s plan.
I’m over the hot flashes and the brain fog…but I’m taking comfort in God’s provision. This too shall pass.