Several decades ago my mother, a widow, decided to move to Kansas City to be closer to us. She moved thinking she had a job at the Kansas University Medical Center library. When she arrived she learned that she could not work there because she was not a Kansas resident. She was disappointed. What should she do? She drew a poem from her promise box:
"'Tis settled, Lord, I rest in Thee,
My broken will says only, 'Yes,'
Now, now, indeed, my life is free,
Henceforth Thy will it shall express."
We heard on a Christian radio station the need for people to visit in nursing homes. She accepted that idea as the Lord's purpose for her being in Kansas City and through phone calls found ten nursing homes that would allow her to visit. She asked who had few visitors and then daily took her Bible and a copy of Streams in the Desert and went to those homes.
God sets a high value on His people who allow God to choose how they spend their time. He will always find a way to make them useful to His kingdom.
My grandfather, who lived with us when I was child, used to add these words when he gave thanks at meal time, "And when You're finished with us here, take us home to Heaven." That is exactly what He does. We are still here, so God is not finished with us.
Thank You, Lord, that our lives are valuable to You no matter our age.
"They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing" (Psalm 92:14).
"Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you" (Isaiah 46:4).