I have been pondering for a while about that dreaded word….wait for it…-AGING. To me, it seems like something that slowly creeps up on you. You just don’t get a knock on your door one day, and upon opening it see Aging standing on your steps announcing itself-“Tada- here I am! I’m Aging and I’m moving in to stay!” And with this pondering, I began to wonder over the purposes of God for my life. When I was young, I had such great purpose, drive, and clarity to accomplish what was planted in my heart by the Divine Planter. Now that much of that vision has been accomplished, I give pause to the idea of just sitting back, slowing down, and floating along for the rest of my journey. Somehow, that’s not the shoe that fits. A fire still flames and burns ferociously, much like Jeremiah, “The fire within is greater than the fire without.”
Here’s my big question though-does God still give fresh vision to those of us who are getting older? As I put my question out to God, it seemed that for a few days, God didn’t respond to my query. Then out of the blue, the words “Abraham and Sarah” broke through my fog. It was an “aha” moment. Then came Caleb and Joshua, Moses, etc. Wow! How did I miss it?! Of course there still is fresh vision, renewed promises, quickening and rapid heartbeat moments straight from the throne of God for me. Age means nothing in God’s purposes. These people were in their eighties and nineties when huge, powerful things were happening in their lives that would affect future generations for all of time and eternity.
I began to review great leaders in history such as Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, etc. If not for their determination and sheer grit, who knows what our world would have become. Fellow agers, and those right behind me by ten years or so, know this-God is never through with us! He has His plan still in motion, no matter what age we may be. Please, along with me, do not take the “rocking chair mentality.” You are needed too much on the front lines. Someone younger needs your words, your life example, your presence to guide them on to bigger and better things. You are extremely important on this journey called life. Don’t sell yourself short. Ask God for new vision, new purpose, another quickening of His Holy Spirit on your life, another fresh word off the coals of the altar…just for you. Then push that rocker back in a spare room that’s been staring you down, put on your sneakers and hit the road running…(or should I say a fast walk), into all God has for you to do in this season and at this juncture in your life’s journey. Now that I think about it, I really do like the old saying, “Never too old” in so many ways! Blessings,