Psalm 90: 3 You turn us back to dust, and say, “Turn back, you mortals.” 4 For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night. 5 You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning… 6 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers. 10 The days of our life are seventy years, or perhaps eighty, if we are strong; even then their span is only toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.
This psalm is attributed to Moses. In the passage above Moses reflects on how quickly life passes from birth to death. Two thoughts come to mind for me here.
First is the recognition of how quickly time passes as we get older. Today I am returning from a three-month Sabbatical, which was wonderful. Today also begins my 10th year as pastor of Rejoice Lutheran Church. My 10th year! Seems just yesterday my family and I were driving from Charlotte, NC to suburban Dallas to start a new life here. Time really does fly.
Second is the fact that Moses was 80 years old when he was called by God to help free the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. V.10 suggests one might normally expect a person to be ending their life at 80 years, but not so with Moses. In fact, the most significant chapters of his life began at age 80. He then led Israel through the wilderness for 40 years before dying at age 120.
As we get older it’s tempting to think the most important or significant or productive years of our lives are behind us. God begs to differ. So let me ask you a question. How are you investing the years you have left? What are devoting yourself to? How is God giving you a chance to make a difference at your age and station of life? What opportunities are you missing because you’re assuming your best days are behind you?
Lord open our eyes to see where we might serve you at whatever age we may be. Amen.