My husband, Harold, likes to ask kids, “What age do you have to be before you’re ‘old?’” He gets answers all the way from “50” to “a hundred.” I suppose we’re really not old until we reach the age when God has no more for us to do here. Harold sometimes says, “God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things, and right now I’m so far behind, I’m sure I will never die!”
We never want to think of ourselves as being old! If gray hair means a person is old, I suppose I’m “old.” But with my hair stylist’s help you will never see the evidence! In recent days, however, I’ve realized it’s time to give some serious thought to what else I want to accomplish while I’m still on this earth.
The night my Dad went to be with the Lord, he asked Harold to read Psalms 71 to him. Verse 18 says, “So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation.” My Dad, who was 89, asked, “ Harold, do you think I’ve done that?” Frankly, Harold was surprised at the very question. My dad was never one to ask for affirmation. Harold quickly responded, “If anyone has ever done that, Pop, you have!” for he had been in active ministry nearly 75 years. A few hours later, he was safe in the arms of Jesus.
On this journey into grace that we’re all on, there will come a day when each of us will come to our destination. Before I get there, though, I for one want to have taken every opportunity to proclaim God’s might and power to the next generation. That means I’ve still got work to do. Words to write, people to influence, nudges from God to obey. Do you feel the same way? As songwriter Jon Mohr wrote, “May all who come behind us find us faithful”!
Which Psalms encourages or gives you peace when questions arise?