In C.S. Lewis’ Prince Caspian, a child named Lucy encounters Aslan, the Christ-figure of the Narnia series, after not seeing him for ages and ages.
“Aslan, you’re bigger,” she says.
“That is because you’re older, little one,” answered He.
“Not because you are?”
“I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”
Today, our Micah Man turns 16 years old!
As I contemplate this new year in Micah’s life, the one thing, the very important thing I desire for him above all else as he continues to grow and mature is to see how big his God is! That Micah Man will find His God to be bigger in the different joys and struggles he encounters this new year!
For the more mature in faith we are, the bigger our God will be for us.
I desire that Micah’s vision of his God becomes clearer this year. And as he understands the enormity of his God, Micah will in turn rest upon God and the comfort, assurance and peace that He provides in an even deeper way.
Throughout this 16th year, I pray that Micah will grow in his ability to depend resolutely on his God for every care and concern in his life.
The world that Micah is growing up into is a very different one than to which he was born 16 years ago. This is true for us all. As a result, I pray that Micah will find all that He needs in his Savior and Lord and discover Him to be very active in Micah’s life each day. Many kids Micah’s age begin to question their faith and wonder if their faith is truly their own – or one that has been manipulated into existence by their parents.
For Micah Man, I can say without reservation, that Micah’s faith is real. It is truly his own and it is growing! Micah is making life choices and determining his life course as He seeks out his God on his own. He does ask for John’s and my guidance and we do offer it. However, more and more we are encouraging Micah to go to his God about different decisions and seek answers from his God for himself.
What is especially gratifying to us is to see how outward-focused Micah is, as well. Micah seeks out others and asks how he can serve and assist them. He chooses not to be indifferent to the needs around him. Micah’s compassionate, eager and caring disposition make him a great contributor in his sphere of influence.
On this 16th year, I bless Micah with these words from Colossians:
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. NIV Colossians 3:12-17
We love you, Micah. We love you for the delight and joy that you are to us! We are excited by the jaw-dropping destiny that awaits you as you continue to follow your God each day of your life! May you continue to be amazed at the bigness of your God!
Happy 16th Birthday, Micah Man!
May this year be the biggest, brightest, and most amazing year yet!