I had the privilege of visiting a long time member of the Cathedral of Praise Church the other day who is pretty much confined to her home. She is 97 years old. It was my first time meeting her. And my visit will probably stay in my thoughts for a long time to come.
She shared a little with me of her love for the Lord, for her family and for life. The longer I was around her, it was obvious to me that her faith was at the top of the list. It was if she had figured out that family even had to be second because there are no guarantees that any of our family will always be around. We like to think that they will, but we have all had those phone calls that changed our family. We have all lost people close to us. Even at 97 years old, she talked about the Lord and His faithfulness to her. She gave God the credit for her still being alive and she was grateful to Him.
I guess the visit just made me think about what is most important to me and will it still be important should I live to be 97 years old. I think the answer to that lies more in my history than in my present or my future. This month, I turn 40 years old. As I look back and consider the past forty years, I have to acknowledge God’s hand and leading in my life. I am where I am today, totally and completely because of God. After high school, my life was at a very difficult place. I was floundering like a fish out of water with no direction or sense of purpose.
I have witnessed His care in my life over and over again. Everything hasn’t always went my way but I do believe He has always worked in my life for my good. I too often don’t know what is good for me. I just think I do. There are scenarios when without God my life would have been in shambles.
I say all of that to say it is my plan to continue serving and living for God. Should I live to be 97 years old, I want to still be talking about Him and all that He has done in my life. And then when I breathe my last breath, the One I have lived for and served will be ready to embrace me for all of eternity. I can certainly handle that. I even look forward to it.