the best year of my life

January 18, 2011

Here’s just one preview of our new flat. This is the lounge (a.k.a. living room). Notice the large table in the bay window (many, many flats don’t even have a table), the fireplace, and decorations that come with it! Moving here is interesting because there are always an assortment of things for you that stay with the flat. For instance, what’s that on top of the TV? A travel guide for Australia.

The big day is coming! I turn 30 this Saturday (this is also the first night I will sleep in the new place). Maybe Edinburgh’s sunshine (although it’s windy), maybe getting back to the gym, or maybe all the good chats and meals with friends recently have put me in a good mood, but I am very happy to gain another year. I am very happy that there’s a place for me in this city. I am very, very happy that I took a step in faith to venture here.

I am impressed with God’s work in my life. I could not imagine being or doing anything else. In 30 years, I have never been on antidepressants (I’ve come close!), I am on no prescription medication for any serious health issues, I barely have to wear glasses, and except occasional back pain, I don’t find much ailing me.

I told you in the post before this one that I had read the 30th Chapter of every book of the Bible that has a 30th Chapter. Isaiah 30 is by far my favourite. As a church, we are studying the book of Exodus (the Exodus slide on the website is my handiwork!). Isaiah 30’s title is “Do Not Go Down to Egypt.” After miracles, after being led out of slavery, and after coming into the Promised Land, the children of Israel are hungry for their old life.

It’s good to look back. It’s great to rehash good times and enjoy memories. What’s better is to remember the ways you’ve changed and celebrate that you have the wisdom not to go the ways you went in the past. I thank God for bringing me through some really difficult times that formed my character, and I rejoice that I won’t have to learn the same lessons in the same way. New things are ahead!

Over the last few weeks, I have seen the fruit of the past 5 months of being here. I feel a lot healthier for walking and exercising frequently. I am still thrilled about having time and a place in my schedule for art. On the left is a photo of the gallery in my art studio complex. The third block after the pillar is my painting in our studio’s Christmas exhibit!

I have found this often-quoted verse from Isaiah 30 (v. 18) to be particularly true in this season: “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.”

Verse 19: “You shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as He hears it, he answers you.”

Rejoice with me! This, and every year after, will be the best year of my life!


One Response to “the best year of my life”

  1. Valerie said

    Happy early Birthday! What a beautiful, encouraging post. Thank you for reminding me to see the blessings that God has given me in my life so far. And your fireplace is beautiful! ❤ Valerie

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