The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” Psalm 92:12-15 (NIV)
I work with a ministry that provides chapel services for retirees who come to the Arizona mountains to escape the summer heat. Last week one of our pastors preached on Moses’ life. Exodus 7:7 (NIV) tells us that “Moses was eighty years old… when they spoke to Pharaoh.” Then he led the Israelites in the wilderness for forty years. Deuteronomy 34:7 (NIV) ends his story: “Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.”
Moses would have fit well into our ministry. Over the years, our pastors’ ages have ranged from 60 to 90 (one year we had a retired missionary who started working with us at 88). Our director is in her 80s. She’s finally retiring this year after 27 years in ministry. They are all wonderful examples of Psalm 92:14 (NIV): “They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.”
After my husband died, I prayed for a ministry and now, at 75, I will be the next director, one of God's senior saints, continuing in His service as long as he allows. I doubt he’ll extend my life to 120 years, but I hope I will continue to “bear fruit and stay fresh and green” until the Lord calls me home. As our Director says, “There’s nothing in the Bible about retirement.”
Lord, help us to serve you until the end of our days in any way we can. We pray for strength, both physical and mental, to be able to use our days on this earth to glorify you.