We’re getting older. No big news in that, is there? It’s happening to all of us. But I’ve noticed one interesting thing as I age. And that is that I feel more and more confident as time goes by.
Yet, age also brings certain concerns with it. Our missionary life hasn’t brought a great deal of money our way, so it also means our pension will be pretty tight. Which I suppose we could sit and worry about.
But what’s the sense?
Worry has never changed anything, and it never will.
And that’s when I remembered all the years I have to look back on. Years of seeing God provide in impossible circumstances. Years of watching him take care, lead, and guide.
And it makes me confident that he will continue to do so. He always has. He always will.
Sure, our retirement years will likely be pretty lean. But I’ve seen and learned that many of our greatest lessons and blessings have come through leanness.
Living in lean times means living in a thinner place.
Thinner wallets, thinner stuff, thinner menus… But it’s in the thin places that we are often able to feel closer to God, to hear his voice. We don’t have to cut through so much clutter (internal and external) to reach a place of abiding in his presence.
So yes, retirement for us will probably be a thin place. And that’s OK, because it lets me know that it will be a confident place too. A place of confidently looking to God and watching what I already know he is capable of doing. A place of confidently trusting him.
Are you in a thin place? See it as God’s way of bringing you closer to him and increasing your confidence in who he is!
This post was written as a response to Five Minute Friday: a writing prompt Link-Up. Head over and share your thoughts on this week’s prompt: confident.
I have to say I was a bit doubtful about writing for only 5 minutes with no editing, but it’s a great thing to try! Perhaps this will become a regular feature!
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