Old, But Still Useful

The glory of the young is their strength;
the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.
~ Proverbs 20:29 (New Living Translation) ~

It’s a beautiful Lord’s day in southern Cal. The sunlight is brilliant and radiating warmth; the sky is blue; the breeze is gentle, but crisp; and hummingbirds flit from one Bird of Paradise to the next, each time plunging in to drink of its life-sustaining nectar.

There was a time in my life when I could flit, like a hummingbird, from activity to activity, taking in moments of life. But like this wagon, those years are now memories.

Thanks to Jon Ortiz for sharing this photo taken by his daughter, Alyssa Bollman, in Bennington, Vermont.

This wagon is old and weather beaten. It had value and usefulness to the person or people who owned it. Though it was discarded a long time ago, it has beauty and usefulness; it brings completeness to this scene. Without this wagon, the space would be lacking character and charm.

Sometimes I feel old and weathered by life, but my God reminds me that though the gray hairs are starting to pop out, here and there, and that though my body could use a makeover, I am still useful in His hands. He uses those things in my past to remind me where I was–dead and useless—and how far I have come—alive and  useful—in Him.

He has planted me amidst a verdant field to serve His purpose; my prayer is that I will walk worthy of His calling and that He may receive glory, honor, and praise.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 

~ Ephesians 2:10 ~

Lord bless you, my friend, as you walk in step with His Spirit to fulfill the purpose of His calling in your life; in Jesus’ name, amen.

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1 Response to Old, But Still Useful

  1. pstok says:

    Thank you for your thoughts. These were especially helpful on a day when I had to have my hip x-rayed. I also love Acts 2: 17 “and your old men (people) will dream dreams.” We still need to cast visions and hope and show through our lives what a relationship with Jesus means. There is so much to do in the Kingdom. God bless.

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