Do you ever feel as though you are too old to accomplish God’s purpose for your life?
A couple years ago I had put myself in a good ole pity party and whined before the Lord.
I’ve wasted all my good years Lord…
I’m so sorry Lord for not trusting you sooner…
If I could only do it over Lord…
I pretty much sat in a chair for much of the day allowing these thoughts to render me useless. As evening approached, I remembered that our church was having a “Before the Throne” night for praise and worship. I was satisfied to hear that my man couldn’t go, because I wanted to be by myself. I drove silently in the car anticipating my time with the Lord. I walked in a few minutes late and saw a vacant area.
Perfect. I want to be alone…
The music seemed to drown out my sorrow as tears glistened on my cheeks. For almost an hour, it seemed that I was alone with God until a young girl knelt before me.
“Hi, my name is Rocky, or that’s what people call me. I’ve been watching you worship and I feel as though the Lord wants me to tell you something. Is that ok?”
My nod indicated that it was, though nothing could have prepared me for her words…
“You are not too old. The Lord says that He will not put new wine into an old skin. He is doing something new…”
Matthew 9:17 “Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wine skins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined, but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”
You may be as shocked as I was that night. She got up and left me to myself. What does one do when you know for certain that God has spoken to you through another person? I had never seen that young woman before that night. I was undone, stripped before a Holy God who I knew without question had seen anguish and heard my cries.
When worship was over, I was determined to find this young woman named Rocky. There was no way she could have known what I had gone through for much of the day and how the Lord had used her. Our eyes met across the room and I ran to embrace her.
“Sweet Rocky, I want you to know that most of the day I have whined before the Lord that I was too old to accomplish anything because I wasted my good years.”
Her eyes widened as she replied, “I was scared to death to say those words to you, but the Lord made it very clear the words He wanted you to hear.”
1Corinthians 14:25 “The secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so he will fall on his face and worship God, declaring that God is certainly among you.”
It was a divine moment indeed that led me to fall to my face. Everything changed that night. I had a renewed vigor to adhere to what the Lord had called me to do.
Acts 20:24 “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has give me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”
As long as I have a breath in me, I can do that. What about you?