On Wednesday, my husband and I celebrated his birthday. It was a wonderful day filled with fabulous music, food, lots of laughs, family, and moments of reflection. It was so much fun, I hardly took any pictures. We simply lived in the moment.
I love those kind of moments. Don’t you?
Every year I give a fun and special shoutout to my husband on Instagram and Facebook about God blessing him with another year of life. While I still did that, I couldn’t help carry a slightly solemn tone as I was posting.
This year, birthdays carry so much more meaning.
In the early hours of the morning that day, my husband and I watched the sunrise in Fort Lauderdale beach meeting God to pray, and give thanks for another year of life. We consider ourselves extremely blessed to be alive. God’s grace and mercy kept us this year even in the midst of a pandemic.
2020 has definitely done a number on us. In this year alone, numerous people did not live to see their next birthday. Within the last month, my husband has had at least four people in his circle of friends pass away. What makes it so tragic is that they’re close to our age or younger.
Even on a joyous occasion, this definitely gives even more perspective on how much of a true treasure birthdays are.
As I grow older, I often hear people say that their birthdays are just “another day.” My heart breaks every time I hear that. For one, I LOVE BIRTHDAYS. Two, as the days grow more evil, we are given a stern reminder how short our days are here on earth. The news is certainly not the only one who reminds us. God’s word even says it.
“whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
(James 4:14 NKJV)
My husband’s birthday made me realize that not only is it a blessing for him to see another year but a blessing for me to spend time with him. How I do cherish that specific day (and everyday) that God brought forth my husband on purpose and with a purpose while continuing to sustain him year after year.
Birthdays are a blessing. It represents life, purpose, and God’s favor no matter how messed up this world is. Birthdays are so much of a big deal that King Hezekiah while ill and on his way to the grave sought God for more. God gave King Hezekiah FIFTEEN MORE birthdays to enjoy (2 Kings 20:1-6).
HEEEYYYY!!! A time to celebrate!
It was a true blessing to see the PURE JOY my husband expressed on his special day as family and friends poured love into him. As I look at my husband, I made a silent prayer to God asking Him to help me NEVER take for granted another year of life He decides to give me.
Whether our lives are going great or not, we still matter to God. He loves us so much that He gives us a chance to enjoy the good and simple pleasures of what He created on earth. This can be family, friends, food, a sunrise at the beach, or just feeling the beat of our own hearts.
As long as we’re still breathing and can see another year, we have purpose. God’s not done with us and has blessed us with gift of life. His life. Therefore, the birthday from January to December STILL and will always have MUCH meaning.