“And he that sat upon the throne said, “Behold I make all things new . . . .” Rev. 21:5 (KJV)
I never anticipated being so Blessed in the winter of my life when I honestly considered retirement. Instead, I have wonderful feelings of expectancy — of beginning anew — only wiser, stronger, and better. Maybe this is how Caleb felt in his 85th year when he said, “Give me this mountain.” No, I am nowhere near 85, but I’ve done a lot of living, been many places, and seen many things.
I always thought I was the perfect Christian, but it was not until God removed all the perks and props and brought me to my knees, that I really began to “see the Lord High and Lifted Up.” I learned that when you have nothing left but God, you discover that God is enough. With every trip to my knees I arose more trusting in the God who truly “knows my frame.”
I don’t know why God spared my life another year when many I loved and who loved me, passed on. I just know, I thank God for letting me live on, when I thought I wanted to die. Today (December 31) is my birth day and I thank God for every nano second of the gift of life, and for every precious day above ground. I praise Mahatma Gandhi, who in his wisdom has said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Today begins a brand new day to “Be” — free of worry, regret, guilt, hate and self-absorption. I have been Blessed with a new day to live without apology — with precious time to live with gratitude, courage, hope, love, discernment, vision and faith. For years, I preached God’s Word — I will spend the rest of my days Being God’s Word!