Birthdays

10 08 2011

Well, it is almost my birthday. Another year older. Not sure about the wiser part. The passage of time seems to speed up as I get older. I remember it taking forever for my birthday to roll around when I was a kid. Time crawled as I counted down to the day when I would finally be another year older.

The passage of time helps me focus on the timelessness of God. He is eternal. Time does not bind Him. It doesn’t ever crawl or fly with Him. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His loving-kindness is a magnet that is constantly pulling my heart toward His.

There is a beautiful passage in CS Lewis’ book Prince Caspian that captures a truth I want to hang to on my birthday. It is found in the moment when Aslan and Lucy are reunited in the woods. Aslan is the great lion. He is truth, love, wisdom, and grace. Lucy is a girl who loves Aslan and is learning to listen to his voice.

“Welcome, child,” he said.

“Aslan,” said Lucy, “you’re bigger.”

“That is because you are older, little one,” answered he.

“Not because you are?”

“I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”

Every year that I get older, God gets bigger. Not because God grows, but because I do. My eyes are bigger. My heart is more open. Jesus is taking deeper root in my life. His grace is dearer, His peace sweeter, and His love more compelling. This is the promise that we have in God. Every year we grow, we will find God bigger.

My Jesus Resolution today is to celebrate growing. I want to see more of God. I want Him to be bigger in my life. I long for my heart to be more sensitive to His presence, my spirit to listen more readily to His voice, and my life to more closely resemble His. Every step I take through time moves me closer to the day when I will be with Him in a place without time. I imagine that even there we will spend eternity discovering how big God really is.


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10 08 2011
Bonnie Massey

I am so thankful that you were born. Your study books and blogs have helped me to grow closer to God. Thank you for not hiding your God given talent. I hope you have a very blessed day as His child.

10 08 2011
Chris Newman

This month I will celebrate my 77th birthday. Time does fly. But that means that God gets bigger faster.
Thank you for your blogs. They not only give inspiration for the day but little seeds to grow my walk with Him.
Happy Birthday to you!

10 08 2011
Pat Hall

Happy birthday dear friend! We evidently almost share a birthday – today is mine. Hope yours is as good as mine has been so far.

With love, Pat

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