I was in the midst of a quiet, uneventful evening when I heard a beep alerting me to a text message. Glancing down at my phone I read the following:
“Really? I can’t open the package that you mailed me! You gotta be kidding! Will it blow up if I open it now?
WHO DOES THAT?”
(and yes, that last part was in all caps. lol)
A few years ago I shared with you my dread of turning forty. At that time forty was the fear of the unknown, and it seemed so….well, old. Instead of dwelling on it though, I spent my birthday thanking God for another year of life.
This year, He blessed me with the ability to share in another 40th birthday, and not with just one, but two of my best friends. Well, that is until Polar Vortex happened. For those of you who don’t understand that phrase, because you live in a much warmer climate, (and please, don’t tell me if you do) it was a term given to the less than desirable cold and snowy weather we experienced during the months of January and February.
Do Not Open
Afraid that we would have to cancel our plans, I decided to mail her present. I calculated she would receive it two days before her actual birthday, so I wrote on the wrapped gift “Do not open until February 15th.” Sure enough, she got it the day I guessed, and that afternoon my phone beeped with her funny text message.
WHO DOES THAT? Actually, one of the most impatient people I know did that. Let’s pause for a moment of truth. Seriously, if it had been me, I’m not sure I would have even taken the time to send a text message. I probably would’ve at least opened it to see what it was, and then taped it back. (don’t judge 🙂 )
Right now, I’m smiling as I think about that text, but I’m also thinking about all the gifts I myself have received through the years. Some have taken me years to slowly unwrap, others were gifted to me immediately, but none are more important than the gift I get to open for eternity.
“And this is the truth. God has given us the gift of eternal life, and this life is in His Son.”
1 John 5:11 The Voice
Gifts (especially the gift of time) shared between friends and loved ones, are things that I treasure. I believe birthdays are meant to be honored, they are meant to be cherished, and they are meant to attach special memories to, but how much sweeter is the gift of Eternal life in Christ; the gift that keeps on giving.
It’s Your Birthday
We only have so many minutes of life to take advantage of, so I want to wake up every morning in the confident hope that it’s a new day to love and be loved. I want to trust that the life of Jesus Christ will shine brightly through the darkness. Let’s trust together that He will be there to catch us when we fall, to love us even though we don’t deserve it, and shower us with gifts that have eternal value. And, let’s spend every day as if it’s our birthday.
Pray with me:
Thank You for the gift of everlasting life. We are richly blessed because of it, and we want to cherish every single moment as if it could be our last. It was an honor to share in another birthday with my friends. Thank You for the joy and laughter that we were able to experience, and thank You for many more opportunities to do the same. May we never forget that although life is short, when we place our trust in Your truth, it breathes new life into every single day.
In Your name I pray,
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