I have been in nursing homes before, but this one stood out from the rest.
I held a small evening service for those who lived there. As I gazed into the eyes of these elderly people, I realized if I lived a long life I could be in a similar position—staring back at a young pastor speaking to me.
As a young man with a growing family, my life is a whirlwind of responsibilities and experiences that all come together. I share this space with my wife and children. I also share my experiences with the ones I love the most.
In what seems like a quick moment, my kids have grown to a place where they can function on their own. Soon, they will be heading in their own direction. My thoughts began to take me to a place I never thought I would be. I began to see beyond my current situation to where my life could be in the future. What would be God’s plans if I was sitting in a nursing home?
The Scriptures give us the answer. What the Lord begins in us, He will bring to completion. He does not forget any individual in their journey with Him.
We cannot predict the future any more than we can control the future. My desire is to live to the fullest for Christ, but the outcome is out of my hands. My prayer for my kids is for their fulfillment in Christ also. The Bible tells us not to worry about our lives because God knows what we need in every phase. You will never be without or be in desperation with God in your life.
My message to those individuals was that the Lord would not forget them even if they were forgotten by the world around them. The Lord will care for us when we cannot care for ourselves, and He will love us in every phase of life. We will never be forgotten by the One who loves us perfectly.
What God starts in you, He will complete. He will bring your earthly life to a beautiful conclusion as you enter eternal life with Him hand in hand. Don’t ever think He has forgotten you.
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Josh Clevenger is the pastor of Cory Zion Church in Cory, Indiana. He is a husband, father, pastor, author, and evangelist. Josh has numerous books in publication, along with an active outreach ministry. He wants people to feel connected to God’s grace and experience the comfort of His mercies. Follow Josh Clevenger Ministries to get daily encouragement from the Lord.