Do you remember that as a child summer seemed to last forever? It was like the final minutes of school before it was let out for the summer. It seemed to take forever for the clock on the wall to reach 3:15 p.m.. Summer seemed to go on and on and on. I remember as a child waking up, having breakfast, then out the door and on my bike, sometimes not coming home until dark. My parents never worried about where I was, and someone’s mother always made sure that we were fed. Summer seemed to be one glorious day after another.
Then I got older and the older I got the quicker time seemed to go by, and now I find myself at almost 64 and wondering where time has gone. I also find myself reflecting on my life’s journey, and I see that although there has been valleys, trials, sorrows and tribulations, there has also been hills. God has given me a wonderful wife (Joy). That means that I wake up with Joy in the morning! He has also given me two beautiful daughters who see their mission in life to keep me humble. Honestly, they love their old man and they take good care of me.
God truly is gracious, for even in times of trial, He gives and gives and gives again. I have found that it is especially in times of trial that shows me His grace. There is always some way in which He makes Himself known. It may be through a phone call, a letter (remember those?), a prayer or something as simple as a hug. I have found that God makes Himself known in the simplest of things. This is something for which I am truly grateful.