I sit at the back of my church, near the stained-glass window. I glance around and see 90-year-old Hazel donning her knit cap. I stroll over to my mom at the computer, where she controls the Power Point, and I ask her if she could take a picture of me with Hazel. She replies with a, “Yes,” and I walk over to Hazel and have a seat beside her, asking if I could have a picture with her. Mom clicks her iPhone camera with a snap.
Hazel Haugland is a woman who, at age 90, lives Out of the Ordinary. Hazel attends my church, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, almost every Sunday. (She only misses on the icy days.) She is a kind, loving lady who is an inspiration and a leader. When she sings a hymn, she is truly glorifying God. When she is loving on all of the children at the church, she is glorifying God. In all she does, Hazel glorifies God.
Hazel never had any kids and was never married, but she loves children and treats me as an equal. She helps take care of her younger brother, Helmer, who is in his 80’s. And Helmer helps take care of her. Their love for each other is great. Hazel used to take care of their brother Selmer, before he passed away.
And Hazel is a role model to everyone because she is a reminder that anybody, even a 90-year-old, can live a not-so-average-life. It does not matter how old or young you are. God will use you if you are open and willing to do so.
You may retire from your job, but you don’t retire from being God’s hands and feet.