Jane Austen has made reference in her stories to characters, and not really old women, just ones who are past their very young looks, as having “lost her bloom.”
I look in the mirror, and I have definitely lost my bloom! It’s like a flower that begins to fade and not quite looking as striking as it used to. But although I have lost that youthful bloom, I don’t ever have to lose my sparkle! Because that shines from the inside out and is a result of having the joy of knowing Jesus.
Haven’t you seen plenty of young women who still have their “bloom”, but don’t have any sparkle? And conversely, aren’t you often taken back by an older woman whose hair and skin aren’t what they used to be, but she absolutely sparkles!
And if you are a young woman reading this, still having your bloom and sparkling at the same time is a wonderful thing! Hang on to that sparkle because unlike the youthful bloom, it need never leave you.
We get older every day, but here’s something the apostle Paul said about it all (Yes, even he seemed concerned about losing the bloom, but he knew full well about the sparkle):