Psalms 92:12-15 – “The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Planted in the house of the LORD, They will flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green, 15 To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” NASU
I recall vividly my mother’s 92nd birthday celebration and how wonderful it was. She lived a little more than three years longer and we treasured her and her life. I remember how much she enjoyed seeing all the family, reminiscing about old times, eating her birthday cake and ice cream, seeing, the little ones play, hearing the singing, watching the videos and opening her presents. Yet, there was something more that struck me as I watched her and those around her. She has reached a very advanced age but was still green and flourishing in producing spiritual fruit in the lives of those around her. She was a cornerstone in our family and had been for all our lives. Her peaceable demeanor and spirit brings calmness to almost any situation and commands respect from everyone because of her demonstrated life. She has positively influenced many not only in our family but in every environment she finds herself. I consider her an example of this passage.
God sustained her on numerous occasions when it appeared that she could not live in the natural. He has provided for her on occasions when it appeared that financial disaster would strike and was beyond the ability of her family to offset. She continued to produce spiritual fruit in her aged years and “spiritually” was full of sap and green. Her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren will carry on her legacy now that she is no longer with us in the natural. Her example and encouragement will never be forgotten. She was always more concerned about others than herself. She always demonstrated unconditional love. She took the high road of righteousness when it would be easy to succumb to the temptation to retaliate or react negatively. She spoke peace when anger would have been understandable by most and the pattern or path of many. She was faithful to the Lord for all these years and prayed her children through many battles even when she was not sure what the battle was, she knew her offspring was in trouble or danger and would not release the horns of the altar until there was an answer from heaven. She determined that I would return from Vietnam and refused to relinquish her hope and faith and I believe on numerous occasions it was directly related to her prayers that I am alive today.
Not to make this solely about her but about God, she recognized God as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. She recognized Jesus Christ as her personal savior. She honored her father and mother more than anyone I have ever witnessed in my years and exhibited the spirit of Christ daily. Therefore, God sustained her, made her flourish in the House of the Lord and caused her to produce fruit in her old age and keep her green and flourishing as he will each of us if we “seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.” We need to treasure the examples of those who have preceded us and follow those examples making God the “center of our lives” in all things!
So it is with a grateful heart that I say thank you Lord for my precious godly mother, and godly heritage in my parents and grandparents. Thank You, Lord, for your faithfulness! May each of you find this weekend filled with a sense of the presence of the Lord and go through the week in His strength and power!
Blessings abundantly to each!