Sep 18

Too Old or Too Young? Day 4

When was the last time you read Luke 1 from the Bible? I’ve always loved this story, but this week when I read it in Ein Karem, Israel was my favorite.

Ein Karem is most likely the birthplace of John the Baptist. Today it is a cute little neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem. Because it is believed that this is where John was born, it is quite a popular place!

In Luke 1 some pretty amazing things happen. A few days ago, we visited Ein Karem and read Luke 1 while sitting right outside of a place named “Mary’s Spring.” That’s Mary, as in the mother of Jesus.

First of all, we don’t know that Mary ever frequented “Mary’s Spring.” It never says in the Bible. What we do know is that a spring or well (source of water) was the most important place of any village. It was a popular social gathering place. This is where women went daily to get water. It was also a place to catch up with friends and hear what’s going on around the village. It’s very likely that both Mary and Elizabeth (see Luke 1) came to this spring on a regular basis.

Mary's Spring IsraelThis is the spring today. Supposedly it has never changed.

Across from the spring is land that is not flat, it’s more of a hill that goes down. In Biblical times it was all vegetation. Did you know that vegetable gardens need the spring water, so they are planted lower? That way the water can run down the hill or mountain and into the gardens. Vineyards, however are planted higher. Just a little random information for you incase you are planting vegetataion or a vineyard. 😉

Here are  few highlights from Luke 1. If you haven’t read this passage of Scripture in a while, check it out. You’ll get much more from it if you read it yourself than what I’m going to share here. I’m only touching on a few things.

Did you know:

  • Mary and Elizabeth were cousins (relatives).
  • John the Baptist and Jesus were not named by their by mothers. Both of them were named by the angel Gabriel, sent by God.
  • The angel, Gabriel appeared to Zechariah, Elizabeth’s husband. Zechariah doubted the news the angel brought him. “Zechariah asked the angel, ‘How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.'” (verse 18)
  • The angel, Gabriel also appeared to Mary, Jesus’ mother. Mary had questions (“I’m a virgin how can this be?” verse 34), but she did not doubt. “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” (verse 38)
  • Elizabeth, John the Baptist’s mother, was older. Well beyond child bearing years.
  • Mary, the mother of Jesus, was young … and unmarried. Considered by most to be too young. (Can you imagine the talk around the village about her?)

We have two women, opposite ends of the spectrum. Elizabeth gave birth to John the Baptist who would go and prepare the way for Jesus. Mary gave birth to Jesus, Son of God, who go and save the world.

Don’t ever say you are too old for God to use you.

Don’t ever say you are too young for God to use you.

Instead, how about let’s say,

I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.


Something to Think About

Do you ever find reasons that cause you to believe God can’t use you? In the name of Jesus, get those out of your head right now. You are never too old or too young (or too __________) to be used by God.




  1. robyn crippen says:

    Thank you aooo much Melissa. I love being able to put a picture to some of the places in the Bible now that you and Lisa have been there. It makes it sooo much more alive and real for me now.

  2. Thank-you Melissa for sharing your insights from your trip. You are so right. So often we add our “but I am too——-” to what GOD has for us.
    May GOD help all of us to be respond: “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” (verse 38) instead.

  3. Janet Dolence says:

    Thank you for sharing your time in the Holy Land…thank you for taking the time to share your insights and your pictures!

  4. I agree with Robyn Crippen. Seeing a picture along with the scriptures makes it truly come alive!!!

  5. Melissa Henderson says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your photos and your thoughts. What a wonderful blessing to be on this trip and experience so many special moments. :-)

  6. Charlotte Askew says:

    Thanks Melissa for sharing this journey. I use to think that I was too old to be used by our Lord, but that is far from the truth for any of us. There is so very much that any one of us can do to share God’s love to others. Things as simple as taking a meal to someone who is sick, visiting the elderly in Nursing Homes, so many things that God wants to use us for. We just need to get out there and do it.

  7. Wow thank you for sharing, just yesterday I was reading about Moses leaving Egypt and when he arrived at Midian he came to a well. I noticed that throughout the bible there is significance at coming to a well. Enjoy your trip and have a safe travel home sweetie.

  8. Nicole Woodard says:

    Needed this today…my health issues have me thinking that I can’t do much. Thanks for showing me that I can…

  9. Melissa Chambers says:

    AMEN & Hallelujah! I am so loving being in this amazing journey with you!

  10. Holy smokes, sister-friend! This week us just blowing me up spiritually!!! Thank you so much for this timely post :)

  11. Thank you Melissa. I have so enjoyed hearing about your trip to Israel. This message really hit home with me today. Before I read your post, I just spent all morning lpoking up passages in the bible about the beauty of older women. For some reason I am feeling old, ugly, unuseful and undesirable. Just feel like I am going through the motions of life every day. I know God has a plan and I maybe living it right now. Thank you for sharing. God is all the time and all the time God is good.

  12. Margarette Rivenbark says:

    Melissa, I remember when your own Mother was so excited that you were sharing the ministry of Jesus Christ. She is certainly smiling down on you now in Israel.

  13. I have always loved Luke since Linus quoted him in A Charlie Brown Christmas! xo

  14. Stacey Mendro says:

    Never too old or young!! Glory to God!!

  15. Ivelisse Bishop says:

    Beautiful and very touching. I am going to share this with my daughters! They need to here this. If you can please help me pray for them. Alina is 16 and super gifted and anointed however she feels that she is nobody and thinks shes not good enouph. She has a beautiful voice and loves to worship however she doesnt use her gift fully because she is afraid too. I believe that her voice will heal the sick and cast away pain and depression. Yuliana is 14. Shes tough and daring however she is afraid to speak when it comes to the things of the Lord. She always feels drowned out by the rest. They both feel that because of their ages they are not important in the church. Help me pray for them.

    Thanks :-)

  16. I’m playing catch up today of your journey on the blog but have been seeing the beautiful pics on Facebook that you and Lisa have been sharing. I am blessed by your blessing. I appreciate the reminder that I am not too old for God to use me. Obviously P31 OBS is a reminder to everyone that this is truth with ladies of all ages and stages of life. Hugs Melissa!!!!

  17. This is beautiful, Melissa! Thank you. Oh yes … I have definitely thought — believed — that I’m too old; it’s too late; I’ve wasted the best years of my life on foolish things. I needed to hear this today. I need to know that as long as I’m taking in breath, God has a plan and a purpose for ME. Today I am open and receptive to His will for my life. Whatever that may be. I have a feeling He’s been waiting for those words. God bless you and keep you safe on your trip. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.


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