By Debra Whittington
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:10
The crisp cool air in the mornings reminds me that fall is right around the corner. The remaining apples on the tree are falling and soon will be gone.
Summer tries to hang on as the afternoons warm up and flowers are still blooming. As I enjoy the beautiful weather I also realize that winter will eventually arrive and I will no longer be able to linger on the front porch in the mornings drinking a cup of coffee.
This past week I acknowledged the passing of yet another year of my life. It was a quiet birthday, but one I will always remember. Mark and I decided to get away for a few days to observe our birthdays. We loaded up the motorhome and headed north toward the mountains.
The first day we stopped at Storrie Lake for a picnic and decided to stay the night. For years we drove by the lake and said we should stop and spend some time there, but were always headed somewhere else.
Although it is a small lake, it is in a beautiful setting with the plains on one side and mountains on the other. Since we were there in the middle of the week there were only a few other campers so it was very quiet. That evening we brought out the lawn chairs and watched the sun go down over the lake. As we sat quietly taking in the beauty of the sunset, a flock of Canadian geese flew over our heads and landed on the lake. We sat there well past twilight enjoying being in each other’s company. It was the perfect ending for my birthday.
This birthday was far different from those in past years. There wasn’t any surprise party or special event to attend. There was no birthday cake or gifts to unwrap and no well wishes from those invited to a party.
My birthday cake was the light from the sun glimmering on the water.
The gift was being in the midst of God’s great creation and remembering blessing after blessing He has given me in my lifetime. The well wishes came from the geese honking as they passed overhead.
As I grow older I realize how much things have changed and how much things remain the same.
When I look at the reflection on the mirror, it isn’t the same person from a year ago. I am definitely not the same person I was 10, 20, 30, or 40 years ago.
Just as the seasons change, I realize how much life changes. We can’t rely on everything remaining the same for life is very fleeting. James commented that we couldn’t be sure of what tomorrow will bring.
In James 4:13-15 we read, “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that”.
Now that I am only a year away from a milestone birthday in my life, I decided to take a walk down memory lane and see where the journey took me in both my physical and spiritual life. The older I get the more I realize how important the simple things of life are in my physical and spiritual walk. I have learned to not take everyday things for granted.
It is the Lord who created this earth and everything in it…including you and me. Isaiah told the people in Isaiah 42:4-6: “Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein”.
I sit at the keyboard of my computer and pause to think back on that evening sitting by the lake. Seasons change and life changes even faster. Unexpected things will happen to bring stress and grief.
Even more so I will look to the One who created me to see me through uncertain times. Psalm77: 11-12 gives great advice on facing an unknown future, “I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings”