For me, October is a month FULL of birthdays. Both of my siblings have birthdays in October, and so do some of my aunts and uncles. I have a niece with a birthday in October, a co-worker with a birthday in October, and many dear friends with birthdays in October as well. I have friends who have babies with birthdays in October, and even my newest baby girl will turn one year old this October. October is full of birthdays, and birthdays mean life to me. I love birthdays most of the time! I mean seriously…there’s cake and ice cream, what’s not to love?!
My daughter’s birthdays are always bittersweet for me. I am SO thankful that God has given me these children, but their birthdays are a reminder of how fast the years have gone. I look at my girls in awe of who they are, and with a little lump in my throat at the thought of how fast their lives have gone by.
It’s true what they say, the days are long, but the years are short.
I can hardly believe that my youngest baby turns one soon. At times it still feels like she was nothing more than a desperate prayer on my lips, and the hope of a child deep down in my soul. Now we will celebrate her birthday and what this first year of her life has meant to her dad and I. We eagerly await Gods plan for her life to unfold right before our very eyes.
This season of birthdays has had varied responses from those who will be celebrated this month. Some folks rejoicing over another year gone by, and some are mourning the number of their age. They feel as though they are beyond their prime, and as they grow older, their value in this life is behind them.
That just makes me so sad! I can’t help but wonder where they are looking to measure their value? Is our value found in the number of our years? Are we worthless once we reach a certain age? Too old, to aged, to worn out or unattractive to be of any good, or any use to anyone?
Surely I don’t think so.
I found myself praying for the birthday folks the other day, particularly the ones who were having a hard time with the idea of growing older, and as I spent time in prayer, a scripture came to my heart.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Matthew 6:33 KJV
I had a little light bulb moment with that scripture.
What if we saw our years on this earth as something more than just numbers? What if we saw our years as moments that are full of things that God has added unto our lives?
Our first year of life God added breath into our bodies, and a purpose into our souls. He added teeth, gave some of us hair, and even allowed some of us to walk. He might have added words to our vocabulary, truly He added all sorts of things in just one little year of life.
As years went on, maybe He added unto us, siblings and friends. Maybe He gave us school teachers, neighbors,or pastors who have made a life long impact on our lives. As we navigated through our childhoods maybe God added unto us cousins or mentors. Maybe some of us were adopted into forever families and He added unto us parents who have loved us unconditionally. Maybe in those younger years, He added unto some of us the ability to read and write (which may have turned into a love of books or blogging…) He added unto some of us the ability to play instruments, or sports well. Maybe He added unto you the ability to paint or draw. He gave each of us specific gifts, yes those were things He added unto us as well. Maybe one year God added unto you a pet that has been the best (or worst) companion you have ever had, and maybe that pet taught you a different depth of love, compassion, or patience you wouldn’t have otherwise known without them. Maybe another year of your life God added unto you a spouse and/or children. Sure there have probably been years that felt like trials, or years that were full of heartache too, but you know, He added unto you in those years as well. Maybe He added trust, by showing you who He is, in those most difficult times. Maybe He showed you peace, that only comes from Him. Maybe He showed you joy in the midst of despair and that joy is the type of joy that surpasses all aspects of human understanding. Sometimes I think He adds unto us the most, in what feels like the darkest hours. What has God added unto you over the years? Has it been merely the numbers of your age, or has He been more generous than that? Surely He gives us more than just another number in our age, each year for our birthdays. It is my prayer that you will look at your birthday, whether it’s in October or any other time of the year, as an opportunity to celebrate all that God has added unto you. Your age doesn’t define your worth in this world anyway. It doesn’t matter if you are 22, or 92 God thinks you are amazing and He has incredible things in store for you. My precious friend you’re not just another year older, you are on schedule for another year of more blessings to be added unto you. Just you wait and see.
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.”
Psalms 139:14-18 NKJV
And a very special Happy Birthday to you, Yaya! I love you clear to the moon!
In His Love,