Many people in years approaching retirement daydream of the time ahead. They anticipate a slower paced life. Imagination carries them to a rocking chair or recliner, passing on responsibilities to the younger generation. It is a pretty dream and it needs no interpretation.
Retirees who sit in squeaky rockers develop “squeaky bones!” Our bodies and our minds were designed to be exercised. If we lazily rock our days away our strength and stamina will go away, too. We may be aging; but we can stay active in God’s work. Caleb is an example of a man who decided to climb mountains instead of rocking life away in a valley! “And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. Now therefore, give me this mountain of which The Lord spoke in that day (Joshua 14:10-12a NKJ).” What will your choice be, rocking or climbing? It’s up to you!