Years ago, Larry and I were chaperones on a teen trip, that left us sleeping in many different abodes. If my memory serves me, we slept at a hostel, in beautiful college dorms on Lake Michigan and many camp sites. But the most memorable place took us down a very long road late at night to rickety old cabins when we had been promised great accommodations. Imagine our surprise when the lights of that old church bus flashed on this place we were to sleep for the night. There was no electricity, running water or bathrooms and only mattresses on the floor to sleep on. We had no cell phone back then to call the owners to complain and it was too far to get in the bus to escape this desolation so we decided to stick it out. Some of the guys ended up in the kitchen sleeping anywhere they could throw there sleeping bags including tables, while the girls slept in the dilapidated old cabins. I ended up with some of the girls going with me, but there was no sleeping as we were not sure what could be crawling around on those old mattresses. As one could imagine, we were all glad to see morning come. While breakfast was being prepared over a camp fire, some of the guys took a tour of our “luxurious” surroundings. For one thing they found a much needed outhouse but as they went further down the road they found a beautiful new facility. We had spent a miserable night at the old one. We had stopped short of the new!
I thought of this as I read about a woman who was bemoaning her 50th Birthday. May I just say here, she is just a youngster. I have stuff in my frig older than that but I must say I felt her pain. She wondered, if that was the end for her. What could she do for the Lord at THAT ripe old age? I have wondered the same thing but as I…she could not see around the bend at what new thing God had in store for her. For right then she was fumbling around in the dark, just seeing OLD, but around the bend if she be patient, God still had plans for her. Yes, even new plans for her if she did not stop short. I see nothing in scripture that says we are washed up as we grow older. In fact I see that God used, older people many times to do His work.
I read a quote the other day that said “In order to be old and wise you must first be young and stupid”, could it be that we could be called to show the Way to those fumbling in the dark?
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10 NIV)
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“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 NIV)