“Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.”—Joel 2:28
As I race toward sixty, older people say that I’m still young. But in truth, the majority of young people see me as old. I may be an old man, but I have been blessed to experience the best of both worlds in regard to what God had said through the prophet Joel.
The Spirit of God was not just poured out on Israel, but on all flesh young and old. This event happened after Jesus resurrected. The day of the Spirit’s outpouring on Pentecost marked the beginning of the last days—the beginning of God’s new beginning.
The Hebrew word for “spirit” is also the word for “breath.” The word “breath” is a humbling reminder that we are not in control of our own lives. It’s not up to me when my life will start and end—or when I will reach sixty or live till a hundred. The breath of life was given me as a gift by the Spirit of God to live in these last days—to live as a Spirit-empowered young man who got to prophesy and see visions as well as an old man who will dream dreams. And I continue to witness his wind of change transform our old world into the kingdom of God today. I get to participate in the unfolding of his mysterious plan of the ages as the Spirit of God works in and through my life to make him known on earth as it is in heaven.
What a blessing to see God pour out his Spirit in these last days!