For the first time in my seven years of reflecting on the morning of my birthday, I actually don’t know what to say.
So many parts of my life are a big question mark, yet so many things are solid and sure. Those solid and sure things have made the question marks a lot easier to handle.
Whether we admit it or not, most of us find comfort and peace in consistency. And for the first time in my life, I’m truly learning what it means to find peace in that which is eternal. Oh what a huge difference it makes in the way you process ever-changing circumstances.
The lyrics to this hymn I’ve been hearing like all my life just came to mind, never quite understood the depth of this line until now, “Build your hope on things eternal, hold to God’s unchanging hand.” (Side note: And that my friends is proof as to why you should take your kids to church and teach them things they don’t care about when they’re young. I’ve absolutely never liked that hymn and now I’m finding assurance in it.)
Anyway, I’m sad to see 27 go, only because 7 is my favorite number and 27 sounds two or three years younger than 28. Don’t look confused, just nod and agree with me here. Lol
Because 27 looked absolutely nothing like what I thought it would, it’s hard for me to figure out what I’m looking forward to specifically for 28. I know I hope 28 lasts a lot longer than 27 did cause I’m not mentally prepared for 30 yet!
In all, I’m stepping into my 28th year of life with two thoughts:
1) I’m thankful. I’m thankful for a lot of things like my loving family, my absolutely amazing friends, my job that I love going to everyday, my little sisters/mentees who light up my life (and remind me of how old I’m getting). I’m thankful for being an American and for being able to eat everyday and not have to worry about the basic necessities of life.
I’m thankful for all these things, but I’m most thankful that whether all of these things remain or not, I serve a God who fights for me, who loves me, and will never leave me. Even after I die, God and I will still be together and that’s what an eternal foundation is all about. Building everything from the foundation of faith in the eternal, wise and sovereign God who made you.
2) I’m looking onward. I believe just like a lot of unexpected things came to an end for me during my 27th year of life, I believe new beginnings are in the future for me at 28. What those new things will be, I’m not sure exactly, but so many things ended at 27 that there are plenty of options for some new replacements. Or should I call them upgrades? I’m excited about the changes that will happen this next year of life. It shall be good, even if it looks bad from a natural perspective.
Hmm…not sure that made sense to anybody but myself. Lol
To end this thing, know that I love you even if I’ve never met you. Thank you for taking the time to read this. I pray it helped you in some way. How it would? I don’t know. Sometimes I feel like I just write for my own therapy. And now I’m rambling. Time to go.
Thank you for all the birthday wishes that have and are to come! Love you! And now it’s time to celebrate!