CHAMPAGNE DAYS & SHADES
There has been so much reason for celebration in my life lately, from finishing a strong academic journey at one of the nation’s nine colonial colleges, to being hired in the field of my study and working consistently therein before I even graduated. I’m just really happy, thankful, and blessed. As my parents have always sung, "the future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades."
The details of this chapter are for those who know me, but I will say this: champagne goes flat if you leave the bottle open too long. It’s best to drink it up when it’s fresh and move on. Translating this to my life, I don’t want to be sipping on day-old achievements or experiences so long that they lose their fizz, and I don’t want to ingest so much success at once that I become drunk on it either. I want a level head in whatever YHWH allows to enter my path.
Champagne is great, and it feels wonderful to have my efforts honored in a tangible way, but God continues to teach me that the literal and metaphorical “bubbles” aren’t the only place joy can be found. It’s in Christ alone that I’m secure, so whether I’m surrounded by party toasts or tasting my own tears, life is good because He is good. And that never changes, because He never does (see Hebrews 13:8).
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” (Psalm 23:5-6).
“I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.” (Psalm 118:21).