I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. — Psalm 139:14
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
Growing older should mean gaining a little more knowledge on how to be satisfied with what you have. In most cases I’m sure it doesn’t because of the increase in suicides, murders and other crimes of a personal nature.
A few days before my birthday, I had to leave work for a few days because of a cold that I could not shake nor did I want to share it with the staff.
My day began with a prayer thanking God for all that He had allowed me to do and for the people he placed in my life – good, bad or indifferent. Once I was sure that I had made that personal connection and all was well, I was ready to start my special day.
I left a message on my phone that allowed those who called to know that I was taking the day off and that I love each and every one that called because they have somehow become a part of me but I wanted this time for me.
I celebrated my 60th birthday on last Saturday by celebrating a dear friend who was inducted into one of Black America’s premiere organizations; had dinner with some close friends and on the following day my children prepared a gourmet feast of Alaskan King Crabs, shrimp, and lobster. I felt like a king.
Some would call this a very unassuming, non-eventful evening; however, I would beg to differ.
First of all, God allowed me to see another year with my family and friends; then He allowed me to do or think that I was doing what I wanted to when in, actuality, He was and is still in control.
Once I had gotten over the fact that I was now midway over the hump (60 years), it began to register that I was getting OLDER.
All the plans that I had for developing those six-packs and regaining the firmness that this old body once possessed was becoming a blur.
Now a few days past 60, I was sitting in church listening to the sermon as Pastor Davidson was preaching from Galatians 1:1-10.
I was looking around at the congregation and was saying to myself, “Boy if I could have had this… And do things the way she does that… And if my voice could be as melodic as his… etc.” When all of a sudden bam! It hit me – I’m alright just the way I am and with what I have because God has given me all that I am and He does not make any mistakes; I know Him and He knows me and loves me still.
To reinforce the positive of what was occurring inside of me the scripture said:
God’s Message: “10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10 (NASB)
“Dear God thank you for another year and the ability to recognize that everything comes from you and that we please you when we love one another.” AMEN
EVERYDAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY IN GOD.