I celebrated my 28th birthday quietly.
Though I know that I’m not going anywhere on my birthday, I still decided to file a leave and celebrate it at home to spend my day in the presence of God. So on the morning of my birthday, I sat down and do my usual quiet time with God and spent some more hours meditating on God’s faithfulness for the past 28 years of my life. I thanked God for all the blessings He has showered upon me and recalled all the promises He’s given me two years ago. I also spent some hours recalling all my frustrations, disappointment, failures and sin I have committed against God and laid it all at the Lord’s feet, trusting and believing that God’s grace is always greater than all these failures combined. The most comforting words I received from God during that day is this:
..But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” – Luke 7:47b
I praised and thanked God for the forgiveness and even for allowing me to undergo a series of disappointments and frustrations to humble me and so I will be able to love Him all the more. I also claimed Psalm 80 as my personal prayer to God.
As I’ve always expected, birthday greetings have started to pour out the moment I woke up. What surprised me the most are the greetings from people I haven’t seen or heard for so long. I was so delighted to get an update from them even for a short while. But what I love most are the birthdays greetings I received with prayers and God’s promises in it. For me, these greetings are tangible declaration of God’s blessings in my life that’s why I’m always looking forward to it on my birthday. Now I want to keep a record of it so I can look back and say that God has indeed been true to His Word and promises.
Acts 20:24 (NIV)
24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)
4 Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
And my most favorite of all, from my beloved bible study leader…..
Isaiah 43:4 (NIV)
4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
To tell you honestly, I spent my birthday physically alone but I didn’t feel loneliness even for a second because of these promises and all the heartwarming greetings I received. Truly, spending my birthday in the presence of the Lord is the best way to celebrate it.
Thank you, Lord for all these thoughtful friends! 😀