Tomorrow is my birthday and that means I will be one year closer to the one that starts with a SIX! I heard a radio speaker today who is 86 years old talk about the joy in his life, even at his age, and that the joy comes from being active and serving the Lord in all that he does. He has just completed his fourteenth book for crying out loud.
I have mixed feelings about this age thing...it's nice to get the senior discounts that my AARP membership offers; but, just when you finally start feeling good about yourself and where you are emotionally, relationally and financially, your body starts falling apart and things start sagging and getting flabby.
I've long wanted to write a book but now, "at my age," I've thought that it's too late to think about writing a book or two. Who wants to read something from an old lady? What do I have to say that could impact the world?
The scripture the man quoted was Psalm 92:12-15: "The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, "The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him."
The verse, "They will still bear fruit in old age," is particularly encouraging since I'm (thankfully) headed towards that title: old age. When I heard these verses read it was a confirmation that I can still be useful in my old age. I will still bear fruit as long as I am planted in Christ for He is my sustenance and strength.
So, tomorrow as I think about having another birthday, I will say that "this is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. I will thank Him for planting me firmly in His plan. I will accept by faith that I will still bear fruit in my old age, and that I will be a light to those I meet.