16 April 2008

Dad's Birthday

Today is my dad's 68th birthday. Fortunately for my father, he has gotten to spend about 18 years now in the presence of the One whom he preached about, sang for, and loved. In the amount of time it takes a human to grow from infancy to the legal age to vote in the US, my father has lived a small part of the one eternal day with God.

And that's how I choose to look at it.

Sure, I could continuously be downhearted about the fact that, for that same amount of time, I have been without my father. I could bemoan and question God about the fairness of an 8-year-old losing one of his parents (and then to lose my mother not long thereafter.)

And I know of countless people who do question...who are continually depressed...who are in somewhat of a similar situation.

In celebration of another anniversary of my father's birth, I give thanks to God for His provision and omniscience. I am ever grateful and in awe of the many unique qualities of God I have been able to experience first-hand as a result of the events in my life. The seemingly frayed threads of what was momentarily trying and impossible to understand has been woven into a tapestry expressing how God is in control of everything.

Relevant Scripture:

1 Corinthians 13:11, 12

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

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