Psalm 92:12-15 – The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. (NKJV)
Our pastor challenges us to read the Bible through each year, and I have just finished. After I finished I pondered just what passages I would begin studying now. I soon found myself reading Psalms 91 and 92 through many times. As I read them, I found those passages to be exactly what I needed right now.
I will soon have my sixty-eighth birthday, and I am finding that there are many things that I hope to accomplish before the Lord calls me home. I rejoiced when I read today's Scripture text.
When I was young, I was busy taking care of my six children, raising chickens, and feeding hogs. I also had some other part-time jobs as well. All of this was hard work, but it was very important work. Looking back, I know that those earlier days sped by quickly, and now my children are grown. Some of my ten grandchildren are too.
So what plans do I have? I have a large bedroom that now has my card table set up, and a new sewing machine ready to use. I recently began making note cards using old photos, colourful wallpaper, and buttons. They are turning out very well. Some I am using to write letters, and some will be given as gifts. I am also making a rag doll. She is finished, but not her clothing. Most of the clothing is cut out, and ready to be put together. With both projects out ready to work on, I am having a grand time.
Another project is speaking in churches. The Lord woke me up early one spring morning, and gave me a subject to speak on. I had already had my newest book published, but I had no way to get it out to the public, until now. So far, I have spoken in about ten churches. I am amazed and thankful for what the Lord is doing in my life. If I keep it up, I shouldn't get bored at all.
Isn't it wonderful that the Lord promises that we don't have to rot on the vine as we age? He promises us that we can keep on bearing fruit, and perhaps bear even more fruit than we did as youngsters.
Prayer: Lord, please help us to keep looking to You for guidance to do the things You planned for us to do. Thank You for the loving care and grace that You shed upon us every day. Amen.