(Excerpt from Chapter "Living on my summit" from Leona's book-in-progress)
One problem of advancing years is often dry skin because the natural lubricants of our body diminish. Creams and lotions crowd the store shelves touting miraculous results.
Psalm 92:10 is a prayer for “anointing with fresh oil.” As Christians, we’ve hopefully had our exhilarating, anointing times in the past, but fresh oil is still abundantly available to us now, and more needed than ever. The Holy Spirit is both the dispenser of that oil, and the oil itself.
Psalm 45:7 promotes the “oil of joy” as our essential oil at every age. Joy is not the predominant emotion that comes to mind when we think about older people. Rather, it seems that depression, sadness over losses and limitations, weakness, discouragement, and melancholy are more characteristic of aging.
When Jesus referred to “old wineskins” in His teaching, He may not only have meant institutions and traditions. Another layer of understanding might be applied to people. The Holy Spirit’s power is prophesied as coming upon the old and simultaneously on the young, irrespective of gender, status, or position in life. (Joel 2:28-31) The Oil of the Holy Spirit can soften hardened, dry, brittle, leathery, wineskin-people enabling them to receive and contain the New Wine of the Spirit which is being poured out these days. God puts His oil on the old wineskins to restore them to youthful elasticity and usefulness. The Oil of the Spirit will stretch our capacity to hold more of Jesus.
God does not limit himself to making new and moving by His Spirit on the young. He can, and in these last days spoken of by the prophets, may move in tremendous power of renewal also upon those more advanced in age. It is never too late to reach higher by opening ourselves to more of God’s fullness. For both the young and those advanced in years there is available “new every morning” refreshing and rejuvenation. There is great potential for elderly people who are refired with zeal for evangelistic witness to draw into God’s Kingdom their peer elderly friends.
The gospel is not exclusively for the young to receive or to share. A great impartation of power from elderly Spirit-filled believers to other age groups in the Church is God's norm in Scripture and history. Generations are meant to move in power together similar to the way patriarchs passed on truth to their families in Old Testament days.
We are called to go on “from glory to glory.” God’s Kingdom has no retirement plan. I don't want to be left by the wayside as His glory passes me by. God has planted me where I am at this season of my life to be a pliable wineskin container for His New Wine to be offered inter-generationally in my orbit of life.