You’re Not Done Yet
I’m in the midst of my forty-seventh year right now. It’s strange to think that I am older now than my parents were when I married Jan. My thirtieth high school reunion will be happening in another year and both of my children will graduate next year, Andrew from high school and Lauren from college. Beyond that, fifty is looming, approaching like a freight train coming out of a tunnel.
I think it’s roughly during this time of life that many of us struggle. We begin to face our mortality. We realize more than at any other time of life before that we aren’t invulnerable and immortal. Our bodies ache more than they used to and we aren’t quite able to do everything we used to be able to.
It’s easy to get down during these days. We might wonder what we’ve accomplished in life. We question how much time we have left. We might wonder if we will be able to accomplish anything else. We see so many younger people seemingly pass us by.
It would be easy to think that we are done.
The good thing is that we aren’t. We aren’t done. We aren’t toast.
God isn’t through with us. If He was, He would take us home.
That leaves some very good questions. What’s our purpose as we begin that journey toward the latter years of our life? What are we supposed to do?
It’s not a lot different from the questions asked during any other stage of life. In fact, as we have lived, gained experience and, hopefully, wisdom, we might be better equipped to face those questions.
I’ve written this before. It’s not original with me, though I don’t recall where this originated. Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment.
We should have lived enough, experienced enough, made enough bad decisions to help us answer these questions at this stage of life.
Even if we don’t know the answers, we should know better about where to find them. We know things, we have learned things, that can help point us in the right direction.
The key is hanging on and remembering, like I wrote above, that God is not through with us. We may be in a much better place in life to find the answer. Our days of hands on parenting are winding down. Our jobs and careers are usually more stable.
We are in a good place to realize that God is not done with us and look to where He can use us for His kingdom.
So, let’s get busy?
Have you ever been in a place where you thought God was done with you? What did you do to face that?