Today, I turn 33 years old. The year I turned 30 my son was diagnosed with cancer, then, just before my 31stbirthday my son passed away. In my 31stand 32ndyear of life, I made a career change, started a business, and formed a non-profit. Needless to say, my thirties have not been easy, but rather the opposite, it has been quite intense.
Turning 33 this year has made me stop and take a big pause. I’ve thought a lot over the past few weeks leading up to my birthday that I am now the age Jesus was when He was crucified. By 33, Jesus had completed all of the tasks God had for Him to do and He had fulfilled His purpose on earth. Well, I can say that I don’t feel that I’ve even come close to fulfilling what God has called me to at 33, so good thing I’m not held to Jesus’ standard, right?!?!
After thinking about Jesus’ life on earth, I started thinking about Noah. Noah was over 500 years old when God gave him the task of building the ark. Then, after 75 years or so of work, God finally sent the flood. He was SIX HUNDRED when God flooded the earth and he had to actually put that ark to use!
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all of the fountains of the great deep were broken up, the windows of heaven were opened.
(By the way…I’m not an expert on the Hebrew calendar, but the 2ndmonth and the 17thday sounds a lot like February 17thto me! Right?!?!)
So, what does this mean for me? The older I get, I realize age really is just a number. Watching my son go to heaven at 2 ½ years old and seeing my cousin meet Jesus unexpectedly at 52 years old is evidence that God has an appointed time for each of our lives. We are all here for a reason and have a unique purpose, but no two of us are here to live out the exact same calling.
Just because the average life expectancy might be 80 years old, that may not be God’s plan for me. At 33 years old, I’m at a place in life that I never thought I’d be. But, if I can live out the purpose God has for me, then I’m right where I need to be.
I hope and pray that each day of life that God allows me to live, I will use to die to self and live more fully in the life that Christ has called me to. Thank you for the sweet words of encouragement today and for continuing to lift our family up in prayer over these last 2 ½ years.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.