In Thin Places With God

We’re getting older. No big news in that, is there? We all are. But I’ve noticed one interesting thing as I age. And that is that I grow in self-confidence as time passes. Yet, age also brings certain concerns with it. We’ve never had a great deal of money come our way, which means our pension will be pretty tight. Something we could sit and worry about. But what’s the point?

Worry has never changed anything, and it never will.

That’s why we need to remember all the years we have to look back on. Years of seeing God provide in impossible circumstances. Years of watching him take care, lead, and guide.

And that can make us confident that he will continue to do so. He always has. He always will.

Sure, like many others, our retirement years will likely be pretty lean. But I’ve seen and learned that many of our greatest lessons and blessings have come through leanness.

Living in lean times means living in a thinner place.

Thinner wallets, thinner stuff, thinner menus… But it’s in the thin places that we are often able to feel closer to God, to hear his voice. We don’t have to cut through so much clutter (internal and external) to reach a place of abiding in his presence.

So yes, retirement for us will probably be a thin place. And that’s OK, because it lets me know that it will be a confident place too. A place of confidently looking to God and watching what I already know he is capable of doing. A place of confidently trusting him.

If you’re in a thin place, see it as God’s way of bringing you closer to him and increasing your faith!

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.

Corrie ten Boom

IMAGE is my own.

By Signora Sheila

I am a wife, mom, nonna, blogger, and missionary in Italy. But really, I'm just an ordinary woman on a journey, trying to slow down enough to hear the still small voice of God and live for all that is truly important in this world.

14 replies on “In Thin Places With God”

Thanks Lesley. I am finding that there are a lot of Corrie ten Boom fans out there. I know her books taught me a lot about trusting and have helped be more confident in moments where I seemed to have none. And I’m with you – there’s a lot we could write on confident. Maybe this should be a repeat prompt!

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LOVE THIS! Living in thin places. Recognizing our stuff doesn’t define us or really satisfy. Age is a wonderful leveler of all playing fields. Beautifully written, my friend. A wonderful reminder of what matters most. Jesus truly is our enough. And worry never helps anything!


Thin places is something I’ve been reflecting on a lot lately, Eric. I so long to dwell in his presence. And if thin times is what it takes to get me into a thin place where I can be with him – then bring them on!! Nothing compares to his presence!! God bless!


Excellent word Sheila! I have to remind myself of this often. Although not in full time ministry, with a large family and some choices made, I don’t have any retirement either. Yet, I know God will continue to provide when I do hit that age and time to retire. Thank you for sharing this.


I know what you mean Tom! We had plenty of tough times even before entering “full time” ministry. Life can be difficult at times for us all. But thankfully, we have God’s loving arms always holding us up! I love your testimony and the things you share about how he is caring for you and your large family! Numbers make no difference to him!! God bless!

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