I’m on the downhill slide of life at the age of 64. A friend recently responded to something I wrote in a note to her regarding this stage of life thinking that I meant I was coasting from here on to the end. The Bible says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) The transition from one place of active duty to another does require reassessment. I am in a period of asking God for His wisdom and guidance. So, no, I’m not coasting, just spending time listening and waiting for a vision of what is ahead…before picking up speed on the downhill slide.

My husband will retire this year (well, semi-retire as he still has much to contribute in the industry where he has grown and thrived for over forty years). I’m excited about the idea of spending more time together in the garden, around the house, traveling, serving others, and even collaborating on some writing projects. The question remains: what is my vision, my mission statement, my high calling for the days ahead? How, Lord, will you use my gifts and talents, my life experiences and relationships, to “…not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9 (KJV) Admittedly, weariness has set in. Lack of clear vision may be a contributing factor. So, I am spending time communing with My Abba Father, talking and listening, reading and meditating on His word, hesitating from moving ahead until He says go.

I am praying for myself and my husband just as Paul prayed for the church in Colossae. “Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.” Colossians 1:9-12 (The Message)

What an encouraging prayer. I want to “live well for the Master.” I love the upbeat tone of this plea…asking for “glory-strength” that “spills over into joy.” Just reading this passage and writing it here inspires me and lifts my spirit to new heights. This deserves attention. These words declare a future of purpose, not without challenges, and promise.

Onward, Christian Soldiers

(Last Stanza)

“Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,
blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King,
this through countless ages men and angels sing.”