I had a birthday recently, and my husband blessed me with a birthday trip to the ocean. It's a favorite place of ours..and it is mere feet away from.. the Gulf Of Mexico. Anyway.. as the sun was setting that night... and we were eating birthday cake on the balcony...my husband snapped this picture with his iPhone camera. It was a perfect day...in every way. I KNOW that God ordained for us to have a nice time away... a vacation... a rest. It refreshed us inside and out.
After a few nights of these perfect sunsets.. however... I found myself missing my "real" life. True, I was not required to do one thing but watch the sun set.. but...I don't think I could live just sitting around waiting for the sun to set every day... and I know that God does not desire that I do. Just the opposite.
And for those of us who can see the "sun setting" in our lives.. who have less years ahead of us than behind us... I would like to remind you that It is Society that has decided that at a certain age you just sit and wait for the sun to set - not God. So many older soldiers in the Army of Lord are A.W.O.L. - having been convinced by the world around them that they have no purpose. So they are sitting on the sidelines of life and of churches.. not involved.. just waiting for that sun to set on the horizon of their lives. This is something we've allowed the world to tell us.. not God's Word.
God has an important assignment for me to encourage younger wives and mothers to follow God's plan for families. Every lesson I've learned, every tear I've cried, every storm I've weathered... have a PURPOSE... have a reason. I can only imagine how many families would be happier, how many marriages would be healthier... if every Mrs. Older in every church in the world took it upon herself to love the younger wives.... If you knew how many younger women are LONGING to have someone to talk to, someone to listen to, someone to learn from.. you would see that you cannot ignore God's assignment for you.
So.. today.... I'd like to remind my fellow Mrs. Older's.. and their husbands...that...while the "sun" of your life is setting... give the sunset a glance every now and then if you must... but get off that beach and keep loving and serving God and His people.