Why Have I Lived So Long?


Have you ever wondered why God ordains old age? Why has he allowed me to live so long?


In the past 20 to 30 years or so, I have had the honour of building close friendships with some ladies who are both significantly younger and significantly older than me. The younger ladies I worked or traveled with to my delight. The older ones have taught me so very much about living life loving Jesus, raising my sons with grace, and the beauty to be found in years of accumulated wisdom.


When I first met my (South) African Mom, Zoe, she was a pillar in the church I attended there. She had written her memoirs always believing her experiences of raising 4 sons as a Christian mom and wife might one day be of great value to younger women. Zoe was my confidante and advisor in all things spiritual while I lived there. I loved her dearly and always looked forward to her 9 or 10 pages letters after I returned home. I will always treasure her Christian counsel. What a privilege it was to be with her again a few years later to celebrate her last birthday of 92 years. I hope Zoe knew just what it meant to me to have her in my life. I often think of what her many years had taught her and how she gladly shared that wisdom with me. A rooibos tea and rusk invitation was a whole lot more than an afternoon snack. Zoe was my sounding board patiently listening to my woes, offering sound advice from a fresh perspective when I needed it. She cheered me on with great enthusiasm when I ventured into new territory and everything was new to me there in South Africa.


“Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.” Job 12:12


There are other older saints who have played a very significant role in my life. They make me wonder what I am contributing to the lives of those around me. How am I supporting and yes, even adding to others’ lives who are younger than myself in my family and in my circle?


First, I believe God has commissioned each one of us to always keep growing. Even as we age He still has a purpose and a plan for each one of us, a task, a duty to fulfill. If you think you’re done, think again. I love what Dr. Hal Habecker says here. Who gave you permission to stop?


Retirement is not a Biblical word. There is always a job posting ahead for us. There are always people in our lives who need support, encouragement and yes, even your wisdom gained over a lifetime. Our obligation to seek out and to connect to those who are hurting never diminishes.


Secondly, we have a responsibility to invest our lives in the younger generations in our families and around us. Our life examples teach them the faithfulness of God. They can see it in our witness. Moreover our words of wisdom can be inspirational changing perspectives. Aging is a gift which provides an amazing vantage point to us. What a panoramic view of strength-not ours, but His in us!


“Only heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons.” Deuteronomy 4:9


“So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those who come.” Psalm 71:18



The why is equally important. We do it because we love and serve Him. There is no greater calling. Often as we age our strength may be failing but rest assured that what we do is not in vain.


“They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green,” Psalm 92:14


“Even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made (you) and I will bear; I will carry and I will save.” Isaiah 46:4



My apologies for the lengthy gap in my posts. Life happened including covid and it was just hard to bounce back quickly. Also I feel God is transitioning me to something new. I will continue to post now and then till spring although not regularly. As I get older I feel a delightful urgency in moving ahead to accomplish new things for Jesus.


A deep and profound thank you to my readers. Blogging really was and is a dream come true. It am truly honoured to be read and even featured on other sites.

Jan

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