“Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life.” Psalm 138:6-7
My birthday always reminds me of God’s work on my behalf, so this passage strikes a chord with me today. You see, this day was never supposed to come. I was not a healthy infant, and only weeks after my birth, the doctors diagnosed me with cystic fibrosis—a disease for which there is no cure. They told my parents that I would be lucky to reach the age of 18.
My parents immediately began praying and asking others to pray on my behalf. They asked God to preserve my life—and he did. A few weeks later, the doctors, standing with several lab tests in hand, were confounded. They could not understand what had happened, but my parents knew, and as I grew up, they made sure I knew too.
While I don’t understand why God chose to heal me, I can never forget or fail to be thankful that he did. I wish I could say that I can look back on each of my years with the confidence that I lived each day as God would want me too. I cannot. But I do wake up each year on this day and smile, thankful for all the wonderful gifts God has given me.
I encourage you to join me and spend a few moments today thanking God for his gifts to you. Though everyone’s story is unique, I am sure you can remember a time in life when God looked kindly on you and preserved your life. Celebrate that moment and all the moments since, and let them remind you to give thanks to the Lord, for he is good and his love endures forever.