The bible tells us that we can be fruitful in old age. Thank God! But let’s not want to wait that long.
Psalm 92:14 Even in old age, they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green.
I wasn’t young for very long. My first child was born just six weeks after my 18th birthday, my third just before I turned 22, and my fourth at 39. Just as we could see an empty nest in our sites, my sister with special needs came to live with us.
I have been taking care of people for 44 years and counting. Where does the time go? Better not waste it.
I’m a checklist kind of gal. If I’m not careful, every day can become like a to-do list of things to complete on time. Then I start over the next day. Many of us struggle with this while watching the busyness of life whittle away our days. But I don’t think that’s what God had in mind.
That’s not living; it’s just boring!
But those who hope in the Lord will. They will sour on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
I get weary in spirit, we all do, and it’s not age-related. Life can be hard, and some days I can’t find the wonder of it anymore. But when I turn my hope to Jesus, I’m renewed with purpose.
More and more, I want to be in God’s service, and for me, writing to encourage others is one way to do that. Offering encouragement doesn’t come easy in weariness. But in our serving, we can’t let weariness stop us. This could be when we need the Holy Spirit most.
Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (NIV)
God is humbling me these days, but He’s also revealing the wonder I’m so lonesome for, and it’s right here in this writing space. Here, I am young in spirit, curious, creative (I like to think so), joyful, thinking of others, and closer to God. I’m enjoying life as He fits writing into the nooks and crannies of my days.
For me, it is writing. God’s purpose for you is unique to you. Just know that He will complete what He started (Philippians 1:6). And I believe you will experience joy because of it.
Stay close to Him, and with renewed strength, you will run and not grow weary. You will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:31). God will make you able for His purposes (1 Peter 4:11), even into old age. Count on it!
You can also find me here this week:
Five Minute Fridays – The one-word prompt this week is YOUNG.
Faith on Fire, Lyli Dunbars link-up.
Grace and Truth Link-Up at Laurensparks.net
Inspire Me Mondays, hosted by Anita Ojeda
Where on earth did it all go?
I look back and it’s not clear,
but I say, and this I know,
GET ME OUT OF HERE!
I can’t face the pain again,
I can’t face the pukes and runs,
I don’t want to circle drain,
and man, this sure ain’t much fun.
Someone please, a channel change,
someone find another way
that the days can rearrange
to a better, brighter day.
I thought I was tough and strong,
but, God help me, I was wrong.
I’m praying for your comfort, Andrew. We usually are wrong, that should be no surprise. But I must believe that God is with you, even is these very hard days.
I am a checklist kind of girl too. Thank you for sharing your words of encouragement.
Thanks for visiting, Jolene. We checklist girls have to stick together! I think we make life harder on ourselves sometimes.
I wrote today about the need to embrace and enjoy this season of life I am in….and I confess often I do not. I think being weary in spirit is certainly (a large) part of the problem. Thanks for that thought and some practical encouragement to draw close and be renewed!! So helpful this evening!
Jennifer, I’m so glad this helped you. I echo your confession. It’s not easy to embrace, and harder to enjoy, the uncomfortable and maybe unwelcome circumstances in life. I find focusing on Jesus makes my problems seem smaller, somehow, but I have to work at it. I’m praying for you, friend.
Suzette: I was encouraged to have the Scripture confirm what I am experiencing each day. We can still live a fruitful life in our old age. At 77 years of age, I’m enjoying life more than ever. Thanks be to God!
Jim, I can see that light in your eyes! I’m so glad this post encouraged you.
Good morning! And how come I never really noticed this verse before – Psalm 92:14 Even in old age, they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green.
What an encouragement as 65 is right around the bend. You have no idea how you’ve blessed me with God’s Word this morning.
Hi Linda. Happy early birthday! I think you noticed the verse today because this is the day God appointed for you to receive it. He knew ahead of time when you would need it. I am thankful just to play a part. All the glory is His.