When the Best Is Yet to Come
Antonio Stradivari (also known as Stradivarius; 1644-1737) fashioned two of his most famous violins, the “Habeneck” and the “Muntz,” in his early 90s. Noah Webster (1758-1843) published his two-volume An American Dictionary of the English Language at age 70. Galileo (1564-1642) published his masterpiece, Dialogue Concerning Two New Sciences, at age 74. Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) designed the Guggenheim Museum in New York City at age 91. Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976), at age 84, oversaw production of the movie Murder On the Orient Express, based on her novel of the same name. Golda Meir (1898-1978) served as prime minister of Israel from age 70 through 76. Peter F. Drucker (1909- ) wrote Managing in Turbulent Times at age 71 and Management Challenges for the 21st Century at age 89.
Need we produce more evidence that human potential does not stop at some arbitrary age? Neither does it cease after a seemingly disabling event. The energy and creativity God has built into the human being seems boundless for those with vision. Unfortunately, many seem to lack that vision—and sometimes we can understand why. Something so drastic, so debilitating, so discouraging happens that we feel life surely must be over. We may survive, but we feel we will not live. That is how the prophet Joel felt after his homeland of Israel was decimated by swarms of locusts.
The devastation of the locusts was so dramatic (Joel 2:1-12) that it appeared the land would never recover. And on top of that, the locusts seem to be a harbinger of human invaders sent by God to judge Israel. How would Joel, the people, the land ever recover from years of ravaging and destruction? With God’s help: “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten,” said God to his prophet. Neither age, nor circumstances, nor resources are a limitation for God. It is not what we have that is important, but who we have.
Perhaps you think the future looks dim or nonexistent. Remember that you, and your future, are guarded by God. Whatever you think you have lost in the past is nothing compared to what you can gain, with his help, in the days to come.
God’s Promise to You: “Nothing you have lost is as valuable as what I can restore.”
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