In a conversation with my teenage daughter tonight, I found myself saying that I am looking forward to turning 50 in a few years.
“Why 50 Dad”?, my daughter asked. I didn’t have an immediate answer. Now, a few hours later, some clarity has come to mind.
I believe it is because I am so grateful to have had a second chance to come back. And that God has shown me unmistakably that he can do far more in our lives than we can even see or believe he can.
Looking back over the past few years since turning 40, God has done some absolutely amazing things. He has made my 40’s the most amazing decade of my life. And given that 50 presents some arguably bigger challenge than 40, does that not mean that God has opportunity to do even greater things?
Did I just catch myself inadvertently getting excited about what God might do with the adversity of aging? Am I looking forward to greater things unfolding? I believe I am. And I feel it in a places in my heart and mind that are very deep and very real. It is not trumped-up, hyped up enthusiasm. It is genuine excitement that emerged so quietly its source was unrecognized.
God did not give us the gifts or recovery and restoration just to pull the rug out from under us.