Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons.
If you’re familiar with Ruth’s story, you know that contrary to her statement in our focus text, she married Boaz and had a son, Obed, who was the father of Jesse — who was the father of King David.
There was a time in my life when I said something like Ruth’s statement. “No way I’ll ever get married.” That’s not what I thought, just what I said to cover for my lack of prospects. Yeah. I know. I lied. But, in Ruth’s case, there’s no reason to believe she was being untruthful. God wasn’t finished with her yet. He had a very special purpose for her life.
Plans change. New possibilities present themselves. Right now, God is preparing you for the next step on life’s journey.
Ruth said, “I am too old to have another husband.”
In 2015, an elderly British couple tied the knot. 91-year-old George Kirby married 103-year-old Doreen Lucky. George said of his proposal, “I didn’t get down on one knee, because I don’t think I would have been able to get back up.” But they didn’t allow that hindrance to keep them from matrimony.
In nine months, if the Lord is willing to keep me here, I will be seventy. And I still have things I want to accomplish. I’ve already published two books this year and, with God’s help, five more before the end of the year.
It is NOT too late to start something new, dream a new dream, or set a new goal. With God’s guidance and help, all things are possible.
I mentioned my age because we have a tendency to close up shop at 65. That’s when the government has decided we need to pack it in.
There is nothing wrong with retirement. But I do believe it is in our best interest to keep on living and looking ahead to something other than death.
Age isn’t the only excuse we use to talk ourselves out of dreaming new dreams. “I’m too poor.” “Nothing good ever comes my way.” “I can’t afford it.” “What will people think?”
Most of us have something tucked away in our minds we would like to accomplish in this life. Could be, God planted that seed years ago, and you never got around to acting upon it.
Benjamin Franklin only attended school until age 10 when he became a printmaker’s assistant. He founded the first public library at 25, and the first official fire department at 29. He was an inventor, a writer, and a statesman. And at 70, he signed the Declaration of Independence. By the way, if my sources are correct, 70 was older back them. Today, 70 is the new 40, or so I’ve been told.
God had something better for Ruth that would ultimately bless generations of believers right up until today.
Don’t stop living. And if you don’t have a clue as to what God would have you do at this stage in life, pray about it.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us… Ephesians 3:20
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Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.