Young! I am not that anymore. At heart, perhaps; but, definitely not physically. I will be 70 years old in October and I can hardly even believe or accept that – but there it is! Born in 1950…you do the math!
One of my favorite, encouragements from God’s Word is this scripture from Psalms:
I have been young, and now am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his descendants begging bread. Psalm 37.25
I agree with David
King David wrote this, perhaps in the last days of his life and I could not agree with him more. My post may sound melancholy but believe me, I am really alright – fine actually!
As I reflect on the last seventy years I could make this quote my very own. Never in my life has God forsaken me. Now, listen to me – I forsook Him for several years – my husband of 12 years and the father of my three children came home one day and told me he was in love with a 17-year old hooker.
Yes, you heard me right. He was a police officer and went out on a call one night, and, the rest as they say is history.
I felt forsaken
I got so angry with God. Yes, I was a believer and served God and loved my husband with all of my heart – but there I was forsaken. I ran! In my heart and in my spirit (I know so much more now than I did then) I took a U-turn of faith.
I call them my wild years. Years I am not proud of. Yet, the mercy and grace of God never ever left me. In every sin I knew He was pursuing me and trying to pull me back but I ignored him…until.
Life as a single mom
Was very hard. But, now looking back – those years were some of the best for me and my kids. Fried chicken on the beach after work. My little and I bicycle riding picking up aluminum cans to recycle for groceries. There was a season I parked the car and the four of us rode our bikes everywhere!
And, I was NEVER forsaken. I learned how to make one pot pie and a pot of rice serve a full supper with a few added ingredients. I learned how to be a wise shopper and stretch a penny until it snapped! And, I learned never to waste one thing – from a quarter of an onion to a grown-out-of shirt.
Young but not dumb!
I learned so much during those wild years. God was so incredibly gracious to me and mine, and, I am ever so grateful. Obviously, I came out of my wild years and I have never looked back. God and His Son met me at a bonfire one night in the mountains of Idaho – He told me, “No more.” I listened and obeyed – made covenant with Him that night and I have never broken it.
No longer young! But oh so much wiser AND still learning things. I’ve never had to beg or go on assistance – He met me every single time and provided.
Youth is saved for the YOUNG! And, wisdom for the more mature!
How about you? When did God show up and show off in your life?
P.S. I will use age as a privilege, this post took me way longer than five!