At 2:41 a.m.

There are two different spectrums for birthday celebrations. On one side you have people that can’t wait to celebrate their birthday, so they celebrate for a week.

Then, there are some people who believe birthdays were invented by Hallmark to sell cards. These people don’t really mind their birthday because it’s just another day for them. I for one, fall on the side where it’s not a big deal. For the most part, my birthday is like any other day except for the fact that I get up for a few minutes at 2:41 am.

Over the past few years I have set an alarm on my phone and have tried to get up at the time of my birth. Most years I have been successful, but there have been a few times where I sleep right through that ungodly hour. At 2:41 am I like to get up to pray and reflect about my life.

Since my birthday is so close to Thanksgiving, I usually thank God for all that he has done for me. I have been showered with so many blessings such as a loving family, exceptional friends, a roof over my head, food on my plate any time I’m hungry, the latest clothes from nice brands, an education, etc. Most of the time I take these things for granted and I’m sorry that I do, but at 2:41 am on my birthday I make sure to thank the Lord for his mercy and grace.

There is a saying, it takes a village to raise a child, and King Solomon says in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” I am beyond indebted to my parents and religious role models in my life who all helped raise me in the fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of all understanding. I pray and dream that as I grow older I may pass this knowledge to those I’m around.

Now that I’m in college, I’m always being asked “So what are you going to do after college?” As college students, we are expected to know exactly what we want to do in life and have everything planed out. Although I have an idea of what I want to do with my computer science degree I can’t guarantee it’ll work out. In a few years from now my degree might be useless due to the always evolving tech industry. I might get bored of my field and I will have wasted a lot of time and money in college.

It’s extremely scary not knowing what the future holds but what keeps me going can be found in Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Although I don’t have everything figured out and am not the most capable, I am certain that God has a specific plan for me and has planned out my entire life. I just pray that I am able to serve the Lord the rest of my days, and to find how to at Urbana.

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