When God intervenes in human history and wants to show that things are not happening by accident, he chooses the number 40. He gave Moses 40 years of education and leadership training in Egypt’s royal courts, and then God gave him 40 years of humility therapy tending sheep for his father-in-law in the wilderness. The last 40 show one of God’s super seniors at work. Most people dream of leisurely retirement activities in those senior years. Moses was governor of the entire Israelite nation for those extremely stressful four decades. “Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone” (Deuteronomy 34:7).
Moses’ maturity and people sense made him a great leader. Listening and following God’s advice made him even better. Though he had grown up in Pharaoh’s palace, his last four decades were spent in a tent.
But he held the nation together, occasionally assisted by divine miracles. And it was during those years that the oral transmission of the Word of God was set down on paper (probably papyrus) for the first time. Moses authored the matchless first five books of the Bible. What a debt we owe him! What a great example of senior service he provides. Inspired by his work, how can we not answer God’s call to work even if he comes near the end of our lives?
Now if only God would give us physical strength and clear eyesight till we’re 120 . . .
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Well friends, my pain is continuing. If you had read Part One, then Part Two is my continued (perhaps idiotic) faith in God to get me through my intense physical pain. Why am I telling you this? Perhaps to show you the miraculous at work in one’s life. Or, perhaps to prove to myself that all those who like my posts, really only like Pat Veen’s blog, and their thought “that was awesome” comment was directed towards HER and not TOWARDS ME! Whatever. I could care less who really gets the glory. Just like YOU PROBABLY DON’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT ME. What does it matter, right?! I’m just your typical hypochondriac anyway, right? No need to bother with me. I can always, without fail, drive myself to an Emergency Room/Urgent Care IF I want to. But I fear. Is that rational or irrational? I do not wish to go. I do not wish to leave the care of my dog in someone else’s hands. I do not wish to see her EVER abused by others. I do not wish to put up with a lack of say so when Doctors, and well-meaning hospital staff take matters ‘into their own hands’ so to speak. I don’t wish to subject myself to the indignity of being stripped, forced, or humiliated in any way. I do not wish to have to have uncomfortable tests and procedures done. I don’t wish to give up my control to anyone or anything that may end my Life rather than prolong it! So, does this make me the “ultimate coward”? does not facing Life and Responsibilities make me a wimp? Do I care so much about what others DO THINK AND FEEL that I am petrified to act at all? O, God help me if I can’t help myself! I want God to HELP ME. Does He REALLY!!! Or am I left to stew in my own indecision. (By the way, am I even aware of how difficult this colored printing is making it for you to read this?) Is that better? Perhaps, with my eyesight failing too so that I can not drive at night; driving glasses are needed. Anyhow… this is how it is for me. How about you? You see, I really do care more about others than about myself as a Christian, a true follower of Jesus Christ. What does it really matter if I die, right? I have that absolute assurance that I will live FOREVER. And that much in, PERFECT HEALTH! I won’t ever be in pain, illness, sickness, or disease either! Is that better or worse than what I am currently experiencing? I will leave that for you to decide. Does it seem to you that I am just a very depressed, negative, and pessimistic person who can’t cope with Life and it’s Challenges? I think so at times. But then we all can get ‘down’, and feel so very hopeless at times. I like hope. Hope is fresh and living, and alive. Hope is the only thing I, you, or anyone has to hold on to. Jesus knew this. He had no assurance other than God’s Word within his very heart and spirit that it was so. He never gave up. Nor should I. I would, were it not for Him. I think you realize that too about yourself, me, and others. Dear Lord God Jesus Christ, I truly do love you with all of my being, and with all of my heart. Pain or no pain, it is nothing in comparison to what You endured on the cross of Calvary for my sins. That much, would keep any man, woman, or child awake all night long. Any fear I would have of making any Life-threatening decisions is alleviated by my complete and utter trust in You for all things concerning my Life. Life is so much better when I place it in Your hands, not mine. Those people and things that frustrate me so are eliminated when I rest in You. Even gloomy days suddenly are bright and sunny, happy days when I live in your presence. Nothing and nobody can give me a better lot in Life; since it is not granted to them to make it what YOU ALONE WILL. They can say their words to cut me down, just like they tried to destroy you. But we will rise again! We, your Children will never be defeated by an unseen enemy that seeks to destroy us. Not everyone knows just what that enemy is. I may not know, but then I don’t need to. Keep us safe from all harm. We love you. Amen.