Psalm 71:18: and now that I am old and gray, don’t forsake me. Give me time to tell this new generation about your mighty miracles. (LB)
My octogenarian grandparents were the topic of our conversation. “How do you relate to someone that old?” a bystander cried! “My dad is only 64. I don’t know what to do with him!” “Well,” I thought, “Sometimes, I’ll bet that he doesn’t know what to do with you either! If God didn’t have a plan for our lives, He would have already moved us on to the ‘next’place.
Think of all the “aged” heroes of the Bible. Anna at 84, one of the first to recognize Jesus as the Messiah (Luke 2:38) Caleb, at 85, strong as ever, ready for battle (Exodus 14: 10-12) Abraham (100) and Sarah (90) taking on midnight feedings and diaper changes. (Genesis 21:1-7)
There is no reason to fear advancing years. Seniors are only wrinkled teenagers with more life experience. Our bodies may have switched from smooth permanent press to 100 percent cotton but we are exactly the same on the inside. We‘re just waiting for an opportunity to tell some young whippersnapper about Jesus!
Prayer: Lord, thanks that You don’t set us aside when our years advance, our steps slow and our eyes dim. Thanks that You have purpose for your aged loved ones! Bring someone into our lives today so that we can pass on what we know about a lifetime of loving you! In Jesus’ name. Amen.