Four months have gone by since I last wrote – though not from lack of inspiration.  I’ve been quite occupied with many things, and figured that my birthday is as good of an opportunity as any to break the silence.  Today I turn twenty-eight years old, and would like to take this opportunity to look back over this past year and think on what God has led me through.

The most significant change in my life over the past year has been my girlfriend of seven months now – Melissa.  She has been a constant grace to me, she is a gentle and kind listener, a faithful encourager, a patient and trusting friend, and she has sharpened me in countless ways over the past seven months.  I am immensely thankful that God has seen fit to allow us this time together, and I am excited about where he is leading us.  Before Melissa and I began dating, it had been three years since my last relationship, and five years prior to that.  God has been so gracious during that time to shape me and grow me – I can say with much weight behind these words:  God is good and faithful, through the dark and sorrowful seasons as well as the light and joyful times.  Know his voice, trust his Word, and have faith in his sovereign plan through all seasons.

Another more recent shaping of my life is that in mid-November I left my position at Wyndham to begin working for one of the elders at my church – Blake.  Blake and his wife Debbie own several companies and were in the market for someone who could help them organize and run at least one of them.  I’m primarily helping Blake run his gravel-hauling business, but I’ve also filled in somewhat for his church furniture manufacturing business. So for the last month I have learned far more about business, budgets, learning quickly, and adapting to completely new and different environments than I thought possible.  Though I am very thankful for my time at Wyndham, I must say that I am in a much better position that utilizes my gifts, helps me grow and prepare for my ultimate calling to be a pastor, and God has seen fit to have me work with very godly generous people who make a personal investment into every aspect of their lives.  I’m learning, I’m being stretched on a daily basis, and I am thankful to see the Lord guiding my employment opportunities over the past year to have me arrive at this place.  I also look forward with eager anticipation to see where he will lead in the future.

I feel as though I have settled into life in Missouri now.  I’m leading in several capacities at LifePoint Church, I’m making progress in many areas of my life, and I get to see God at work in and through my friends as well.  I could go on and on about the smaller and larger graces that God has blessed me and my friends and family with over the past year, but suffice it to say that he is good and he does good.  Several friends have gotten married (I even got to officiate one of them!), several friends have become parents and others are expecting to meet their children for the first time very soon.

So as I turn another year older today I celebrate not only another year come and gone with many evidences of God’s grace, but also look forward with anticipation to what God will do in the coming year(s).  It seems as though the melancholic season that was my mid-twenties is now behind, and God has given me the good grace of celebration and thankfulness for this season.  I pray that I do not take this time for granted, and that I give God the glory for what he has done.  Whether you are in a similar time of celebration and change, or whether you are in the darker and more trying times, I pray that you too will see that God is good and does good; he is ever-faithful.

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3 thoughts on “Twenty-Eight

  1. Dear Nathan,

    I am not at all sure if you will find this comment, since it has been more than three years since you were here to leave a post. Congratulations, by the way, on marrying Melissa- I hope everything continues to be wonderful for you 🙂

    Not too sure why I am writing, or what to say, only that I feel there is a reason that I’ve been led to your blog. I am Australian, but in July 2012, whilst I was in the US, I met the man whom I recently married. We have a great story, which I won’t go into here, but even tho we married, we are still half a world away from each other and still going back and forth in order to have time together.

    So, my name was Lisa Shah, but I am now Lisa Noble ( lol Pr 31:10- the wife of noble character and name 🙂 )
    Anyway, it is our two month anniversary this weekend-we married Jan 19- but we’ve not been together since Feb 6. Larrie, my husband is coming out to see me in 28 ‘sleeps’, arriving April 17 for a precious nine nights. And so, as is often my custom, I seek out images to countdown the days on my Facebook page. Of all the the images and graphics I saw, it was yours I decided to go with and when I copied the address of the image to my FB , I saw the URL and the words ‘death to life’.

    After that, I thought I’d read the post that went with it. 🙂 And I love that you know our GOD IS GOOD.
    And that you guys are concerned with making real disciples of Jesus.

    And so, here I am. I just thought you might appreciate how something you put on line some time ago, has somehow served someone half a world away, yet connected, to your faith, your country, your Lord and Savior and your God- and has led them to read your very important confession about God. I’m sure others must have too 🙂

    Another someone who, after a long time, has also found love and has married and is walking with the Lord.
    I had a look at your church website and found you, I think. 🙂
    If you care to know anything further about us, Larrie and I, you can look at my brand new website ( not much on there yet 🙂 I just tore down my old one-time for a new thing! Or say hi on Facebook

    Many blessings to you, your wife Melissa (probably have babies too now) and your fellowship.

    In His Love,


    • Lisa,
      Thank you for your gracious comments, and congratulations on your recent marriage! I’m thankful that someone was able to benefit from my musings so long ago – I recently re-upped my website license and wasn’t sure if it was worth it or not… I’m glad it was! I hope you and Larrie are well, and that your music continues to grow for the glory of God. Thanks again – wonderful hearing from you, and safe travels to your husband.
      Grace to you,
      – nj

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