Late bloomers still bloom.
The thought came to me as I was running 18 miles on my fifty-fifth birthday.
The run came a few days after myself and a group of fifty somethings sat and discussed our lives, our dreams, disappointments and what we each still wanted to be when we grow up.
The same conversation applies as to when I am speaking with a college student, or anyone under the age of thirty, and they begin to hyperventilate as to the lack of direction for their life.
They seem astounded that Moses did not even know what he was supposed to do with his life until he was eighty years old.
As my research developed I began reading about individuals who bloomed later in life, authors, business leaders, actors, artists and those in many other categories and professions.
Colonel Sanders is a name we all recognize. The vastly successful enterprise, Kentucky Fried Chicken, was not founded by Harlan Sanders until he was sixty five years old.
There are also examples from the Bible.
As was stated earlier, Moses being eighty years old before he realized what God had prepared him for.
Moses was eighty years old and Aaron was eighty-three at the time of their confrontation with Pharoah. Exodus 7:7
Another example, Caleb.
Now, as you see, from that time until now the Lord has kept me alive and well for all these forty-five years since crisscrossing the wilderness and today I am eighty-five years old. I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent us on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then. Joshua 14:10-11
And then there is Sarah and Abraham.
In the book, Twelve Extraordinary Women, by John MacArthur, and the chapter entitled Sarah: Hoping Against Hope, MacArthur writes:
Scripture remarks repeatedly about how stunningly attractive she was. Wherever she went, she instantly received favor and privilege because of her good looks. By the way, the biblical account of Sarah’s life doesn’t really even begin until she was already sixty-five years old. Amazingly, even at that age, her physical beauty was so remarkable that Abraham regularly assumed other powerful men would want her for their harems. And he was right.
Sarah goes on to have her first child at the age of ninety with Abraham being one hundred years of age.
Note this exchange.
Age cannot be denied.
Nor should one be discouraged by their length of days.
We are all learning how to live.
Some of us, like me, it just takes a little longer than others.
When Billy Graham wrote the book, Nearing Home, he was quoted as saying, “All his life, he had been taught how to die. No one had ever taught him how to grow old.”
So whether you are in your twenties or your nineties, God has a plan for your life.
It is an awesome and specific plan.
Take a big breath and be open to the possibilities.
In the coming days, let this be a prayer for each of us.
“God, guide my steps and guard my heart. And let me be in the very center of your will, no matter how long it takes to develop the plan for my life.”