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!

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.

Corrie ten Boom

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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14 thoughts on “In Thin Places

  1. Love the quote! So many good points, especially remembering God’s faithfulness in the past. Peace and blessings to you! Stopping by from FMF!

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  2. I love this take on the FMF prompt. It’s so true that when we think back on God’s faithfulness in the past, it gives us confidence to trust him for the future. I love the Corrie Ten Boom quote too! Visiting from FMF #5.

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    1. Thanks Lesley. I am finding that there are a lot of Corrie ten Boom fans out there. I know her books taught me a lot about trusting and have helped be more confident in moments where I seemed to have none. And I’m with you – there’s a lot we could write on confident. Maybe this should be a repeat prompt!

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  3. LOVE THIS! Living in thin places. Recognizing our stuff doesn’t define us or really satisfy. Age is a wonderful leveler of all playing fields. Beautifully written, my friend. A wonderful reminder of what matters most. Jesus truly is our enough. And worry never helps anything!

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    1. Thanks Dayle! Yes, age is a wonderful leveler. It changes so much, and it comes to us all – rich or poor, unseen or prominent. And yes, yes, yes – Jesus truly is our enough – and then some!! I love that thought!

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  4. I really like your comment about how in thin places there’s simply less clutter to cut through to reach God’s presence. That’s a great perspective to have. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thin places is something I’ve been reflecting on a lot lately, Eric. I so long to dwell in his presence. And if thin times is what it takes to get me into a thin place where I can be with him – then bring them on!! Nothing compares to his presence!! God bless!

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  5. Excellent word Sheila! I have to remind myself of this often. Although not in full time ministry, with a large family and some choices made, I don’t have any retirement either. Yet, I know God will continue to provide when I do hit that age and time to retire. Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. I know what you mean Tom! We had plenty of tough times even before entering “full time” ministry. Life can be difficult at times for us all. But thankfully, we have God’s loving arms always holding us up! I love your testimony and the things you share about how he is caring for you and your large family! Numbers make no difference to him!! God bless!

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