I am about to mark another year of life, aka my birthday is just around the corner. For some reason, this birthday seems to be looming over my head. No, it’s not considered a big milestone. I’m not entering another decade. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t see any big changes happening in my life. But, alas, this birthday is a big one for me.
Almost three years ago, my dear friend died in a tragic car accident at the age of 26. He was a fun, loving, kind-hearted man seeking after God’s heart. He was the life of the party and totally understood my love for travel. He had recently been married and continuously doted over his wife. He never made it to celebrate the year of 27. As I sit here, I rejoice over the time I got to spend with him, as well as reflect on the blessing that God has given me. While my friend’s life will always be etched into my heart, I pause to thank the Lord for what he has given me.
I thank the Lord that even in the midst of chaos, His peace surrounds me. Facing this next year, it’s easy to become anxious over the unknown. I have meditated on this verse for many years, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7). Today, the “with thanksgiving” stands out to me because there is so much to be thankful for!
In the memories that I hold of a life that in our earthly mindset was cut short, life was celebrated. So, this week as I face another year of life, that’s what I’m going to do: CELEBRATE! (Even with a broken leg… which is another story for another time.) I am going to celebrate that the Lord has blessed me with life, people that I love, simple comforts, and with the joy that only comes from Him!
May today be the day that you put your anxious thoughts in God’s hand, count your blessings, and receive His peace that guards your heart and your mind!