In a few minutes, on November 9, according to some statistics, I will be a year older.
The completion of another trip around the sun does not really “complete” anything. There is not even a slow down in the universe to mark any kind of anniversary of my birth.
I keep moving as does everyone else. And the world does not stop for any event of my life.
When I thought the disasters of the past were so profound that the world would end, it didn’t.
When life was so beautiful, I wanted to stop and hold on to those moments forever, the world kept spinning.
On the day of my death, the world will not end for me or anyone else. The journey will continue.
So if the universe seems not to notice us, is there any point in trying to get someone to celebrate the anniversary of our birth?
It used to be I thought my birthday should be a day when I was the center of attention. It didn’t always work that way. And then I felt disappointed.
After a few more trips around the sun, I learned that I am not the one to be adored, even if on only one day a year. The one to be adored is God, My Creator.
A Birthday is an opportunity to praise God for giving me this Life and for letting me live it with Him.
While the universe seems not to notice, my Creator sees and cares about every frame of my life. I am a part of His Plan!
God chose to create me and bring me into this world at a specific time and place. Before I was born, He knew what He was creating me to do.
He did not send me here alone. He chose to be with me for every second of my life.
He forgives my missteps over and over again. He lifts me out of the mud, cleans me up and lets me dance with Him on the heights.
He shows me the wonders of the world. He gives me His Joy in knowing I am a part of His Creation.
He tells me He knows The Plans He has for me. He promises they are Good Plans.
I am awed and amazed at all the ways He expresses His Love to me and through me.
God did not ordain one day for me to celebrate myself. He ordained every day to be a day of celebration of Life with Him. Every day He gives is a birth-day with Him.
And that means today is your birthday too! I invite you to celebrate our life together with Him by reading His Birth-day greetings from His Word.
This is the day the Lord has made.
Let’s rejoice and be glad today!
(Join with David the Psalmist in considering God’s Creation of you!)
You alone created my inner being.
You knitted me together inside my mother.
I will give thanks to You because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made. Your Works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this.
My bones were not hidden from You when I was being made in secret, when I was being skillfully woven in an underground workshop.
Your eyes saw me when I was still an unborn child. Every day of my life was recorded in Your Book before one of them had taken place.
How precious are Your Thoughts concerning me, O God!
How vast in number they are!
If I try to count them, there would be more of them than there are grains of sand.
When I wake up, I am still with You.
“I know The Plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord. “They are Plans for peace and not disaster, Plans to give you a future filled with hope.”
God has made us what we are. He has created us in Christ Jesus to live lives filled with good works that He has prepared for us to do.
The Lord says, “I will instruct you.
I will teach you the way that you should go. I will advise you as My Eyes watch over you.”
Remember that I am always with you until the end of time.