Standing in God’s Sufficiency
Following my 50th birthday in October, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and praying about aging well. It’s my prayer that as my body weakens that my spirit and character would strengthen, becoming increasingly beautiful!
For years I’ve been studying the older women around me to see how they’re meeting that goal, and I’ve been inspired by so many.
The excerpt below is from the book proposal I told you about in this post. This is a different Ruth than I wrote about in this post, but I’m starting to think that there’s something powerful carried in that name! 🙂 Here’s an important lesson that I learned from Ruth that I want to attain in my own life:
I watched our passel of energetic children run outside, and then turned to seek out Ruth. I found my gray-haired, sparkly-eyed friend in the kitchen cleaning up the mess of our extended families with the rest of the women. I waited for a moment alone after all the work was done to speak with her. Ruth, a dear family friend in her eighties, had lost her husband and life-long friend, Sam, the previous October. I was concerned about her despite her happy demeanor.
“Ruth,” I asked, “how are you really doing?” She smiled as she explained how she missed Sam every minute of every day, but then she went on to quote her sister who had become a widow years before. “I have stood in front of my Sunday school class for thirty years and taught about the sufficiency of God. If I can’t live it out now, what did it really mean?”
I love Ruth. She’s a woman with a lot of spunk just like me, and she is a person of strong convictions. She is confident and decisive, but she is weak in all the right places. She is reliant on God and has found that He is all she needs. Ruth has practiced depending on God throughout her life, and now she finds her provision, companionship, comfort, and purpose in Him.
How do we become dependent on God? How can we experience the truth that He is enough in every stage of our life? How can we battle our culture’s self-fulfillment, me-time, do-what-feels-good, self-actualizing mentality in our quest to become godly women? In actively observing the lives of women around me, there are some patterns that begin to emerge that are worthy of emulation. These women have found that God is enough. They have discovered that God is sufficient in every season to help meet every life challenge.
God alone is sufficient. That’s the way I want to live until my last breath!
What lessons have you learned from the older women around you that you want to live well?
Amy, I too have a friend Ruth, who is very dear to me. When I first met her she was the table leader at our Women’s Bible Study on Tuesday evenings. She loves the Lord! And she is a powerful prayer warrior! She is an inspiration to so many….to her family, in serving her church in so many ways, as a former nurse to her many patients. I feel blessed in knowing her.
Ruths rock! Maybe we should change our names? 🙂
Amen and Amen!!
Love you, friend!
Happy Belated Birthday Amy!!! I turned 51 this past August and something about the Big “50” sparked a different chord in me. I too want to learn from older women and have a great friend that is in her early 70’s who has been a Godly mentor to be as well as giving me some great advice. I have learned from her to be a better listener. Two things that stick out in my mind that she has told me is “This too shall pass” and “Don’t make hasty decisions”. My aunt that passed away in 2012 was in her 80’s taught me so much about scripture and was very spirit filled. She would anoint me and my children with oil and pray over us. I could sit and listen to her for hours as I knew she had experienced “life”. She taught me to “not” speak out the negative and to “speak out” the positive….She would say “Don’t speak that out” or “Speak that out”. I am on the 50 year journey with you Amy and we are going to age gracefully and be mentors to our younger friends….I am “speaking that out my friend”. ~Lisa~
Oh! I want to be that woman who is encouraging and praying blessings over her younger friends and family!