Jane was in surgery and was starting to come out of the anesthesia when she hit a distinct point of decision. She saw the male nurse walk across the room calling her name. At that moment Jane knew that she had the choice to wake up or just let go. She determined, “I’m not done yet. God has more for me to do.” And she made herself wake up.
In Psalm 91:16 God promises us a long satisfying life: “With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
People believe that 70 or 80 years is considered a good life expectancy. Church people go along with this and base their belief on Psalm 90:10 which says, “The days of our years are threescore years and ten ; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years , yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” But this Psalm was written by Moses and it was to the Israelites who disobeyed God in the wilderness; so their lives were cut short.
People took what was written to others and wrongly applied it to themselves. This error has been propounded for thousands of years and has biased nearly all cultures. Even science has been influenced by that lie. But the truth is tucked away in plain sight.
God says mankind’s lifespan “shall be an hundred and twenty years” (Gen 6:3). Who knew? The lady in France who smoked and lived to be 107? The former American slave who lived to preach in Africa at age 103? But because people have mistakenly believed to only live 70 to 80 years, we’ve missed out on so much wisdom and great insight that is unique to ages beyond 80. Instead of seeking the wisdom that comes with age, we look for things to go wrong.
I’m not blaming anyone in particular for perpetuating error, just saying that as hard as it is to fight thousands of years of wrong thinking, we need to reverse our thinking and take hold of the truth.
God wants us to be satisfied with a long healthy life. We don’t have to give up at 70 or 80 if we’re not quite full yet. According to Genesis 6:3 we can certainly live longer, until we’re totally satisfied. The goal of a good life is to be satisfied and see God’s wholeness. Whether at 50 or 120, we want to be able to say, like the Apostle Paul, “For I am now ready, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim 4:7).
When Jane was on that recovery table, she was not ready to go. She decided 62 years were not enough.
While we’re here, let’s do our best to do all we’ve been called to do; receive and give and experience all the salvation (wholeness) God shows us.
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