“When he died…his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.” Dt 34:7 NIV
Don’t listen to those who tell you you’re “too old.” God’s promise is, “They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh’” (Ps 92:14 NIV). For twenty to thirty years the century plant stands six feet tall and produces no flowers. Then in one year, without warning, a new bud sprouts. The bud, which resembles a tree-trunk-sized asparagus spear, shoots into the sky at the fantastic rate of seven inches per day, and reaches an eventual height of twenty to forty feet. Then it crowns itself with several clumps of yellowish blossoms that last almost a month. Some of God’s oldest are among His finest! The older, mellower Abraham was wiser than the brash, younger one. Caleb was still defeating giants and climbing mountains at eighty-five. Anna, an elderly widow, didn’t just pray for the Messiah, her vision kept her alive until He came. In his nineties, imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos, John wrote the Book of Revelation. Jesus said, “If you…cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it” (Lk 17:33 TM). You can approach life in two ways: protect it or pursue it. When the voice of safety says, “Build a fire in the hearth and stay in where it’s warm,” the voice of faith says, “Build a fire in your soul, then go out and pursue your vision with a passion.” Asked why he was still studying Greek at ninety-four, Oliver Wendell Holmes replied, “My good sir, it’s now or never!” What matters is not the years in your life, but the life in your years. So, live till you die!