“Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.” Proverbs 16:31 (NIV)
Many years ago, I remember watching the original Star Wars movies. It was thrilling to watch those characters—Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia—embark on their adventures in the quest to defeat Darth Vader and the evil Empire. When the last of those films, Return of the Jedi, ended, I assumed that we would never see them in those roles in film again.
But we did. Thirty years later, the stories of those heroes continued, played by the same actors … actors now in their 60s and 70s, with all the physical signs of aging. And yet the story found new ways for them to learn, to grow, and to be heroes once more.
Aging is a natural part of our lives, and is a mark of a life well-lived. It is also a continuing chapter in the story of we have of making a difference in this world. As the years pass, and our body and mind change, it is natural to wonder what God can do through us.
The answer is: more than we may expect. As long as we continue to draw breath, God can and does use us. When my grandmother went into assisted living in her 80s, she led a Bible study every week until the Lord finally called her home, despite a range of infirmities that limited her physically. God used her to the end of her story, and He wants the same for all of us.
Prayer: God, help open opportunities for me as I grow ever older, and help me to do your work on this earth, now and until I draw my last breath. In Jesus name, Amen.
Joshua A. Johnston grew up reading the grand masters of science fiction and still devotes more time to their endless galaxies than he really should. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife and two daughters. His next book, Into The Void, comes out February 6th.