While I know I am not the only person alive not believing they are yet another year older, it is very real and very personal. 69 years old is a somewhat sobering fact to acknowledge, yet it beats the alternative hands down. Facing the last year of this decade is hard to wrap my head around.
I am so extremely grateful to be celebrating another year, and most importantly this final year in my 60’s. Given the horrendous pandemic we are in the midst of, having come thus far symptom free is a blessing. I thank God for his protection, provision and his peace.
I can truly say these are the worst of times and the best of times. Joy comes from anchoring myself in Christ and relying on all the promises he brings. There is no better place to be than in knowing that through him so many things are possible. Life is fragile and life is fleeting. Things change in the blink of an eye.
While I don’t know what tomorrow will bring or if I will be here to celebrate another birthday, I am grateful and count myself blessed. I am so hopeful for my 69th year. Like everyone else, I have plans for goals that I have set and I aim to accomplish as many as I can. If rerouted from my set goals, I know it will be because God has put me on a different path. Most importantly, I want to live in the moment. This moment that God has given me and enjoy it in its entirety. Tomorrow will bring what it may, but today I rejoice in the opportunity to do better and be better.
I am so grateful for my hip replacement last year because my steps have been renewed and my aches and pain are gone. This is one example of how out of something bad (surgery) comes renewal and joy.
If life has taught me anything, it has been that trusting God will never fail you. I don’t know if things will return somewhat to normalcy (whatever that was) during my 69th year, but I do know I have hope, expectation, and promise that God is ordering my steps. And I have but to follow! I thank Him for the promises of His Word. As Isaiah 43:16-21 tells us, we must not cling to the former things, nor dwell on the past, for He is doing a new thing. I trust that promise.
So thank you Lord for protection from the volatile world we live in and for putting a hedge of protection around me, for which I thank you every single day. Thank you Lord for your provision in providing for me in ways, even I am not always fully aware of or that I way too often take for granted. You have met all of my needs according to your riches in glory and I am eternally grateful. And lastly, thank you for your peace that defies all understanding. In the midst of the storms of this life I have and will continue to pass through, you are my peace, my resting place. And as long as I live, when times are turbulent, and when life’s trials become overwhelming, I will continue to hasten to your throne of grace and mercy at which I will find peace and rest.