Sunday, October 21, 2018

Flourishing and Bearing Fruit in Old Age

In Detroit

I am sixty-nine years old.

I've written Psalm 92:12-14 on a card. I placed it next to our downstairs computer.

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
planted in the house of the LORD,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.
They will still bear fruit in old age.

That is what I desire. Linda, too.

We refuse to get so far away from the city of God that we no longer hear his voice.

A. W. Tozer writes:

"That is exactly what people in ruts find out about themselves. They discover that the passing of time tends to dull their religious feelings, and the signal that used to be quite clear is fading out." (Tozer, Rut, Rot, or Revival: The Problem of Change and Breaking Out of the Status Quo, Kindle Locations 392-394)

Not for us. It's time to flourish and bear more fruit.

Linda and I flourished from the beginning. We were caught up in the Jesus Movement. We're reading an incredible book about it, and many memories are coming back. (God's Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America) If you flourished during the Jesus Movement, I encourage you to read this book.

That's the spiritual soil we thrived in. Today, our roots are deeply planted in the house of the Lord.

We are now in days of life and growth unlike any we have seen.