Well, boy might not be the best word here, but today-October 1st- is my birthday.
Forty-nine years ago I came into this world on my father’s birthday in Greenville, MS and was not expected to live long. But with God’s help I overcame those struggles and have been doing so ever since.
Back in the college day, a good brother who attended the tiny church where I did something loosely resembling preaching, called up the college board chair and asked him to direct me to another life occupation. “He just ain’t got what it takes to be a preacher” were his words.
I must admit, there have been days when I thought that this brother might have had it right. But I guess God has always had some kind of plan out there for me because my preaching adventure continues- and it is sweeter and more rewarding than ever at Gateway.
My dad adventures continue too. I would have never thunk it- that at my age- a five and a two year old would call me dad. And I would have never guessed that my other little girl would grow up to be such a radiant and independent woman seeing the country as a travel nurse. God does have a sense of humor!
He does have a great sense of grace too and I have basked in that over these years with one of his greatest grace gifts to me being my beautiful wife. I still cannot believe this old guy snagged such a young hot babe! lol
All-in-all my first forty-nine have been filled with wonderful blessings mingled in with some disappointments and failures, but through it all God has never failed me. Even without often realizing I have benefited from resting in the shelter of his wings.
Thanks God from the birthday boy for the first 49. I am really, really going to need your strength to handle the next 49!