"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 3:18 NIV)
On the grounds of the Conference center where we once worked, we had some very old oak trees, which we were very proud of. Oaks can grow to be hundreds of years old. They generally grow slowly and do not bear fruit until they are around 40-50 years of age. When they have reached their full height, they continue to grow in the width of the trunk and branches. When the oak is quite old, they rot from within, but in doing so provide nourishment to different insects. The trees do not stop growing until they die.
We humans should seek to be like the trees and continue to grow until we die. We should follow the Bible's call to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus. And when growth slows towards the end we can still be a part by sharing from our inner being and bring nourishment to others.
Lord, though I have lived for many years, I want to continue to grow. Help me today to learn something new about your mercy and faithfulness.