December is birthday month in our house. I have one December 12th and six days later we celebrate my oldest daughter’s birthday. Then one week later we honor another birthday- one far more important than the first two of the month -the one of our savior, Jesus.
There were many years growing up when I resented having a December birthday. Everyone was far more focused on the December 25th birthday and often I felt mine got lost in the pre-Christmas preparations. Most kids didn’t want to go to a birthday party two weeks before Christmas, but rather were focused on Santa and all the holiday hoopla. Then when my daughter arrived two weeks early, exactly one week before Christmas, we now had another December birthday to celebrate. (We have done our best over the years to make sure her birthday is special and recognized.)
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a] Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:13-16
As I have grown older I have developed a deep fondness for my December birthday. I get to share with my daughter and my Lord, and rejoice in the lives that were given this month. I recognize that the time of our birth was ordained long before we are born, and God knew the exact DAY that we were to come into this world. (Psalm 139:16) He knew why we were to be born to the parents we were, in the country, community, and family and which year. I often wonder what it would have been like if I’d been born 50 or 100 years earlier, or 20 or 30 years later? God’s timing is always perfect. If I’d been born years earlier or later, for different reasons, I may not have survived beyond the womb or long outside it.
It fascinates me to think of how God determines who is born to which set of parents, when, where, and why? In what country and culture. It’s all part of His overall plan and purpose for our lives and is a part of His bigger picture plan for eternity. It blows my mind! Each of us has a planned life for an eternal purpose. (Jeremiah 29:11) For “such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14) Some of those lives spend a long time here on earth while others are very short or do not live outside their mother’s womb. But all were initially created for an eternal purpose, no matter the human influence or timeframe of existence.
As I get older it’s tempting to bemoan another birthday. As the wrinkles increase and my “earth suit” does not function as well as it once did, I am thankful for every year the Lord grants me here on earth. He has blessed me with seeing His plan and purpose for my life come to fruition. And I know that I will not exit this earth one day or minute before God’s ordained time. Every breath is a gift from God as is each passing year.
“Fear not, for I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11
As we celebrate Christ’s birth every December, I am even more amazed in God’s perfect plan and timing of His birth. He chose the parents, place, year, and all the miraculous circumstances that would surround His birth. Many of them prophesied centuries before. And as an angel of the Lord told the shepherds that Jesus’ birth was “good news of great joy for all the people,” it is still great news of joy for all of us today. A savior is born to make a way for forgiveness and reconciliation with God and eternal life with Him!
I give thanks for the multiple birthdays I celebrate each December, but it is HIS that is the greatest. And because of HIS birthday, I can rejoice that all of mine are with Him. Whether they are here on earth or with Him in heaven for eternity.
Happy Birthday Jesus!
For His glory,