Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Where Cross The Crowded Ways Of Life"1 (Lyrics)
Proverbs 16:31 – Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. (NIV)
Some time ago, someone asked me a question: "Why does someone your age keep so busy? Isn't it time you slowed down?" This question made me think about seniors who do all kinds of work. There are seniors who volunteer at long term care centres, taking residents to various activities. There are others who go there to play the piano for different programs. There are seniors who drive for various organizations such as the Cancer Society, the Red Cross, "day away" programs, or meals on wheels.
Our churches would not be able to function without all the seniors who are very busy doing work for the church. There are also ministers, long retired, who keep on preaching the gospel. I have also concluded from some of the comments by the various authors of these devotionals that some of us are fairly well up in years — so many busy seniors doing so many different things!
As for myself, in 1993, it was discovered that the aortic valve in my heart was defective. It was a birth defect, apparently. After a series of tests, it was decided that the valve should be replaced. As I was in good physical condition, I was asked to take part in a new program where 500 people worldwide would receive a pig valve. They were going to monitor us closely, and the results would be shared by specialists in all the countries which were taking part in this study. On November 12th, 1993, this valve was installed. It lasted for 18 years, and then, it started to show signs of deterioration. Again, tests were done, and on January 6th, 2012, it was replaced by another tissue valve.
2 Kings 20 tells us the story of King Hezekiah, who was sick and near to death, and how he prayed with tears: "Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight" (2 Kings 20:3 NKJV). Through the prophet Isaiah, the Lord responded, "I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord. And I will add to your days fifteen years." (2 Kings 20:5b-6a NKJV)
At the end of the chapter, there is a footnote which tells us that Hezekiah did not sit around for the rest of his life. As a matter of fact, he built a water reservoir and a tunnel to bring water into the city.
I am personally convinced that the Lord has spared me to continue His work, and it is with great joy that I do this. For so many of us, our retirement years give us the time to serve the Lord, doing various things to help others in our families, in the community, and in the church. In fact, there is no retirement from serving the Lord!
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we pray for all the people who do Your work and help others in so many different ways. We ask that You would give them the desire, the strength, and the enthusiasm to keep doing it for their appointed length of time. We ask it in Jesus' name. Amen.