As most of you loyal readers know, I’m big on birthdays. My birthday is to me what New Year’s Day is to everyone else…which of course means that the night before my birthday is pretty important. I always take some time to think about how God has blessed me over the past year…and dream about the year to come.
A couple weeks ago, I googled “songs about being 23” and variations of that phrase. You guys, 23 is a sad age for songs. Thankfully, Taylor Swift is no longer 22, so I’m hoping she gets her head in the game and writes a song for us to enjoy this year.
Since I couldn’t find a good theme song about being 23, we’ll skip the music (for now) and get straight to the Bible verses. Thankfully, the Bible is filled with solid “vs. 23” in many chapters.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Colossians 3:23-24–Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Psalm 23—The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want…
Mark 9:23-24–And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Hebrews 10:23—Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Lamentations 3:21-23, 24–26
But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in Him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
That last one is probably my favorite vs. 23: “Great is Your faithfulness.”
Friends, the Lord has been so gracious and faithful to me. Those of you who have been following this blog from day 1 know my first post was about how God answered my 21st birthday wish…even before my actual birthday! Click the following link if you want the details on my weird wish that He granted: A blog (and baby) is born.
Since then, this blog has helped me document countless ways that He has poured out His grace in my life. I mean, it’s truly amazing to look back and see His faithfulness in the midst of my doubt (2 Tim. 2:13–if we are faithless, He remains faithful). Whether you enjoy writing or not, I encourage you to jot down reminders of God’s grace in your life. Train yourself to see His grace. I’m so thankful for this blog because writing here has helped me to look for His daily grace…and seeing His grace has made my heart grateful beyond belief.
So today, on the night before I turn 23, I’m going to spend some time in prayer thanking the Lord for His faithfulness in my life. I’ve probably witnessed His faithfulness more in this past year than in any other year of my life. So I want to spend tonight, my next year, and the rest of my life proclaiming: “Great is Your faithfulness, Lord!”
As a side note, those of you who know me well know that there are some prayers I’ve been praying for a long time. Some prayers don’t get answered “early” or even “on time” by my standards. But each day is a day to remember that His thoughts are not my thoughts, neither are His ways my ways…His thoughts and ways are higher (Isaiah 55:8-9).
His way is better because His way is perfect.
His timing is perfect.
I’ve said this before and I’ll undoubtedly say it again:
It’s amazing that the One who knows me the best, loves me the most.
I can’t even fathom that kind of love. But I’m living in that love of Christ. And I know that He loves me enough to let me wait until His timing is perfect. Maybe this will be the year that I see my oldest prayers answered with a “yes.” I know my God can do it, but even if He doesn’t, He is still faithful and forever worthy of my praise (Daniel 3:16-18).
So, although the lack of happy 23 songs suggests otherwise, I’m excited to turn 23. The past 22 years of my life have proved God faithful time and time again. I have no doubt that 23 will do the same.
I also have hope that while I’m 23 I will:
-experience the love of Christ in a deeper way (Eph. 3:17-19)
-become more like my Jesus every day (Eph. 5:1-2)
-anchor my life and joy in Christ alone (Heb. 6:19)
-watch Him do imaginably more than all I ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20-21) …(which is saying a lot because I have quite the imagination). 😉
And because my thoughts have background music, here are some lyrics from the 2 songs that ran through my mind:
[Jesus, I am Resting, Resting]
Simply trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,
I behold Thee as Thou art,
And Thy love, so pure, so changeless,
Satisfies my heart;
Satisfies its deepest longings,
Meets, supplies its every need,
Compasseth me round with blessings:
Thine is love indeed!
Jesus, I am resting, resting,
In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.
Ever lift Thy face upon me
As I work and wait for Thee;
Resting ’neath Thy smile, Lord Jesus,
Earth’s dark shadows flee.
Brightness of my Father’s glory,
Sunshine of my Father’s face,
Keep me ever trusting, resting,
Fill me with Thy grace.
[Great is Thy Faithfulness]
Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
God’s grace in my life today:
Celebrated my birthday over the weekend with my family, was surprised by a cake at Bible study tonight, and had a meaningful patient interaction this morning that reminded me of the importance of listening. God is so good to me.