Today I am turning 40. The Lord has given me 4 wonderful decades of life on this earth that He has created. At this point in my life I am more blessed than I would ever have imagined. He has filled my years with good things: an excellent wife, 4 precious children and new mercies every single day.
The Lord has given me the desires of my heart. But by His grace He has consistently given me new desires. I think that, had you described my life at 40 to my 20 year old self, I might have wrinkled my nose. But I am so thankful for the unexpected blessings that God has brought me. My plan would have been inferior in every way.
I am thankful that the Father saw fit to open my eyes to my sin and His gracious provision to cover that sin. I am thankful that Jesus Christ humbled Himself as a man and died a shameful death on a cross for the glory set before Him. I am thankful for His resurrection so that death has lost its sting. I am thankful that He lives to make intercession on behalf of those who belong to Him. I am thankful for the Holy Spirit who reveals Christ to me and opens the eyes of my heart so that I can see wonderful things from the Word.
If you are reading this I want you to know that God is a rewarder of those who seek Him. He takes the initiative on behalf of His people. His promises are true. And I am thankful.