My goodness, it is difficult to fathom… I am 54 years old today! Birthdays tend to cause us all to reflect on where we are in life… and where we have been. Today, I am no exception to this reflective activity! It is VERY hard to believe that this also marks 2 years since we returned from Europe and our IMB assignment. When you look at the few photos attached to this message, you may wonder what significance they may have. I’ll get into that momentarily.
It is true, at least in my life experience that the older you get, small things mean more to you. My goal for today was simple… enjoy a relaxed day with my wife and Sassy and try not to worry about school work or computer work or… well, you get the picture. So, we started off the day with a nice breakfast… my favorite blueberry pancakes and sausage. We even had blueberry muffin flavored coffee, thanks to the new Dunkin Donuts blend. My dear wife fixed me right up, as they say! Then I went out and about to take care of a small item of business and came home for a little nap and later in the afternoon, Dawn and I went to see the new Planet of the Apes movie and finished the evening with a BBQ plate from Back Yard Barbeque. I did take a call about trying to arrange some assistance for one of my Mission Jackson families and was simply overwhelmed by the ton of Birthday well wishes which poured in through facebook. As of this writing, I have had nearly 200 of these digital greetings and they have literally come in from all around the world. I was especially thankful that many of my Romanian friends took time to message me. I also had BD wishes from Ukraine, Poland, Brazil, the Netherlands, Russia, many different US states, and probably a few places I am forgetting. If you happen to read this post and you sent me one of those messages, thank you so much for your kind words.
Now, to finish up… when you read the post, you already have connections to some of the pictures below. You see my wonderful blueberry pancake breakfast, Sassy the sweet little Maltese, Caesar from the Planet of the Apes, and then a curious picture of some trunks and suitcases. That picture is a sight I see every time I walk through the garage as I head out to the car. Every time I see those black trunks with the orange tape on them, I remember how transient my life has been over the last few years. I think of each apartment and home that we lived in… Romania, Czech Republic, and Tennessee again. So many memories… so many roads traveled. Looking forward, I am not sure where the Lord may use us next. It is in His will and His time. I pray that we can simply be obedient to “go” where He sends us… amen.