Yesterday, June 28, 2006, I turned 40.
I have always wanted to turn 40 since it seems like a real age - maybe somebody will take me seriously now!
I don't expect you to understand this... but I had the best birthday of my life.
Yesterday was a full day of meetings and special activities, so although I got a little lunch picnic in with the family, it was mostly a work day. That was fine and I was happy.
But today - they surprised me. All of sudden they all ran into my office, grabbed my arms and dragged me out to be unceremoniously blindfolded while sitting on the steps. I was ushered into a car and informed to keep quiet - which I never did!
We drove around for a while with the customary U-turns, spins, reverses and such... until I was fully disoriented. After a few more minutes, the van stopped and I was dragged out and marched along in the black.
Suddenly, the blindfold was ripped off (ow!) and sitting in front of me was my good friend Darren's automotive shop... and a 1991 GMC Sierra 1/2 ton pick up!
Here is the part I don't expect you to understand... I have always wanted a truck. An old, beat up, haul your trash to the dump and don't worry about it truck! I have dreamed of having a truck. And my family bought me one for my birthday.
I don't deserve it.
But man do I love it!
I have already named her - Ecclesiastes. We call her "Cleezer" for short.
Why that name? Because it seems to me that one of Solomon's big points in that book is to enjoy what the Lord gives you. And to let him take it away when He sees fit. That is just how I always want to think about this old truck. Believe it or not, it has been a launching pad for much joy and delight in the One who never needs wheels to get around.
"There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind."
My wife and kids are so cool it makes my head fall off.
Anyway, I am so thankful and happy I just felt like telling everybody about it! Here are a few pics if you care to see. I will try to post one of Cleezer herself if it ever stops raining!
Getting kidnapped by my kids!
Moments after the presentation at D & J Automotive!
"This can't be real!"