He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither
I remember seeing a rather strange sight once while walking in the woods. An old, gnarled tree had been broken, likely by a storm of some sort. But new, green shoots were still proceeding from it. The large broken section was also supporting a fallen tree.
As we age, our thoughts as to future usefulness to the Lord often occur. Like that tree, no matter how broken or useless we perceive ourselves to be, God can find a purpose and a use for us. Perhaps He will send forth “green shoots” of new learning in our lives or maybe use us to support another who is weak or in a season of turmoil. If we are only willing to see the new opportunity that God has made in our life and be obedient to go in His new direction, we, regardless of age or other conditions, will always have some work for our King.
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Wednesday night my wife, Billie, and I attended the worship service at our church association’s teen camp. It was a wonderful service, culminating with at least two (their were so many gathered in support and prayer around the alter it could’ve been more) teens giving their lives to Christ.
The thing that keeps coming back to my mind are the testimonies I heard that night from these kids. They reminded me how much the youth of today have to contend with everyday. If we, as adults, have to struggle along at times on our walk, think of the extra pressure these young ones face. And the don’t yet have the benefit of the life-experience we have to assist them.
We need to encourage our kids (and I mean all of them, not just our blood-kin) as much as we can. We have to edify them, show them Godly love, and set solid Christian examples for them. And we must let them know that we are there for them and then make ourselves available to them when they need us.