Psalm 139:13,14 – “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
Jeremiah 29:11-13 – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
Once upon a time, a cattle rancher’s son met a rice farmer’s daughter. They fell in love and got married in the Delta one cold winter’s night. Almost two years later, a little red headed girl entered their life – that would be me.
Today is my 40th birthday. And God has been so very good to me. Of all the people in the world that He could have given me to, He gave me to two wonderful parents who truly love Him. They may not have been the ones that sat down with us to do devotions every night, but they lived their life for Him. They showed me how to be a Follower of Christ in all aspects of my life – just by example. He used them to guide me to hope and peace. He also gave me grandparents that sought after Him. My extended family was also seeking after Him. I was surrounded by people that loved Him.
And then He brought me my husband. I cannot imagine my life without him. He dries my tears, holds my hand as well as my heart, laughs at my silliness, reminds me when I get off the path, tells me I’m beautiful and adores my cooking. And that is just the tip of the iceberg! But more than anything else, God has given me a husband that loves Him. And that is far more important than loving my pot roast!
And then He gave me my children. How can I even begin to describe the blessing they are in my life! They have taught me to laugh at the little things (again). They have reminded me that sometimes you just need to lay on the couch. They love me unconditionally. But most importantly, they love The Lord. They have both chosen Him as their Savior. And that makes my heart expand to unbelievable sizes.
And then He gave me a church that loves Him. It is not perfect, for it is made up of imperfect people. But the love it has is truly mind blowing. From the first day we darkened it’s doors, we have seen His love and felt His love surround us like a warm blanket. The Truth is found there and taught there.
My short forty years have been amazing. I know beyond a shadow of doubt that God’s hand has been in my life. I can see the Fingerprints of God all over the place. I can see Him in my past. I see Him in my present. And I KNOW, He will be ever-present in my future.
I have so many promises in the Word that He will be there for me no matter what. I have promises that He will guide me if I seek after Him. I have promises that He will move heaven and earth to help me if I just ask.
You see, forty is just another number – another birthday to celebrate. There are no magical, horrible things that will happen today just because my bones have been around long enough to be considered an antique. No, I see forty years of blessings, forty years of Fingerprints.