The Happiest Day of My Life

More than a couple of decades ago, I cultivated a habit of praying before I have my morning Bible reading time. I was encouraged to do this after reading Exodus 16:4, 14-18; John 6:32-36; Psalm 1:1-3; 1 Corinthians 2:9-13; John 1:1; Hebrews 1:1-2 and 11:6; Psalm 119; Psalm 139:16, Galatians 6:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10 and Proverbs 3:5-8. Based on these Scriptures and many others, I pray a simple prayer of faith in my God to do what He promised, "Holy and gracious Father, as I open your Word, teach me all that You see fit for me to know and understand today. And open the eyes of my heart to see every opportunity You've prepared beforehand, that I may live for your glory this day."

As I prayed this morning before I read my Bible, I meditated on the holiness and awesomeness of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And I thanked Him for who He is, and all that He has done for all His creation, especially those made in His image. While in prayer, I was reminded of the goodness of God in my life and how happy my life has been, and still is today. Not to say I haven't had any hard and painful days. But as it is written in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, even the most wretchedly brutal days are being used by my faithful and loving Father, for my eternal glory that outweighs anything I will ever experience on this side of Heaven.

Some of the happy days of my life I was reminded of today are:
  • The day God the Father granted me the gift of repentance that led me to saving faith in Jesus Christ, receiving and adopting me into His holy Family as His daughter, making Christ, my all-time First and Greatest Love;
  • The day I met my childhood best-friend Angela Mylechraine who was the first to invite me, a foreigner, to play;
  • The day I met my third-grade teacher Mrs. Mitchell who was the first teacher who didn't discriminate me by making fun of and punishing me for being Korean, but rather, she loved and taught me well;
  • The day my eleventh-grade AP History teacher Mr. Nachajski, knowing I had potential to do more than get inebriated during lunch and fall asleep in the back of his classroom, cleverly challenged me to ace the next thesis assignment;
  • The day that my Father and God, through His Word (Psalm 27), kept me from taking my own life during my sophomore year in high school;
  • The day the LORD provided me a three-month reprieve from 13 years of persecution;
  • The day my awesome Father and God forgave me for wandering, and provided me safe passage 3,000 miles away from temptation, and drew me closer to Him;
  • The day my compassionate Father answered my prayers for a husband after His own heart, and moved my darling Jim, next door to me;
  • The day I got to marry my darling and wonderful Second Love;
  • The day our precious first son Michael was born;
  • The day our precious second son Kevin was born (who's still an unbeliever, please pray for him);
  • The day our precious daughter-in-love, Caitlin was brought into our lives;
  • The day our youngest son's unbelieving girlfriend, Alicia, moved into our home where she gets to hear the Gospel, see it lived, and witness the holiness, goodness, mercy, and grace of God.
The LORD has provided me with so many other happy days that are etched on my mind and recorded in my heart. If I were to write them all down on paper, I'm sure there would not be enough room in the whole world to fit them in.

But the happiest day of my life is still to come. And it's That Day. The Day I live this day, and every day for—the Day I will see my Lord and Savior, my First and Greatest Love, face-to-face!

The happiest day of my life will be when I go Home and see Jesus, and live forever in His full glory and presence! And every day I remain here on earth, I smile as I resolve to live and thank God for, another day to please Him and magnify His holy name!

"But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God...For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's."
~Acts 20:24, Romans 14:7-8, ESV