Has God called you to do something and have you thought that you were too old, or too young, or not educated enough or not skilled enough to get started? What’s your excuse? At a leadership conference today, I stood in line and chatted with a woman about our take on growing older. I shared that when I hear about someone in his or her 70’s dying, my first thought is “Wow! She or he was so young.” I know you’re probably thinking that I must be joking. The truth of the matter is I’m serious. You see, I’m at the age where I qualify for senior discounts just about everywhere I go. It’s a great advantage to be in this “select” group.
Years ago, especially when I was a little girl, I thought anybody over 40 was ancient. Funny how our perspective on life changes as you get older. At the age of 68, my grandmother was the image of the aging woman who stayed in the kitchen, toiling over vegetable beef soup, buttery biscuits, fried pork chops smothered with gravy, and, not to mention, her famous sweet potato pies. Yes, cooking on a cantankerous wood stove was the norm for my household. And I treasure the memory of this wonderful lady.
But my life is so much different from Grandma’s. I’m in and out of the kitchen as fast as I can go. You see, I’ve heard the call to write and I choose to respond to the call. Two years ago I published my first book, The Price of Pearls, a memoir. And now I find myself working on a novel, something I’ve never done before and never thought I would do. I used to look at authors and marvel that they started writing in their teens, twenties, thirties, forties and fifties. My journey has been totally different. My book was published the year I turned 63. Was I late? Did I miss hearing God’s voice? No. As a matter of fact, I was right on time.
You see, God’s timing is not ours. A while back, I remember hearing about a man who was called to the mission field at the age of eighty. That’s right–80! I’ve abandoned my excuse about being too old to publish a book. Recently, I asked God about my next book and I got an answer, right in the midst of writing my second book. If you ask Him, He will tell you what He wants you to do. So what’s your excuse? It’s time to throw it away.
Jeremiah 29:11 sums it up very well: “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.” This is the season of open doors. All you have to do is say “Yes.”