I was fifteen once, in 1996.
In 1996, Bill Clinton was president of the United States, the Olympics happened in Atlanta, Tupac died, Apple Computer purchased NeXT Computers from Steve Jobs, and my mother didn’t have cancer. My father was still alive too. It was a good year.
In 1996, I was getting to know Elizabeth Hunzinger, a super-smart, donut-hating, couscous-loving, opinion-sharing girl. It was a good year.
In 1996, I created a time-capsule. I don’t remember why I did it. But I did.
To be opened in 2016, twenty years later.
I used one of my dad’s old checkbook boxes and taped a 3×5 card on it. With electrical tape. It was fancy.
I wrote: The “desires of my heart.” ~ October 21, 1996 ~ To be opened in 2016 ~ Committed to the Lord, given to Him for His safe keeping. ~ Psalm 37:4
I placed a piece of paper in the box. And I waited.
I started law school. I worked a temp job doing data entry. I got married, and I lugged that little box to Rolla, Missouri. We wrapped up one school and moved. The box came. We moved again, and again. We moved into a parsonage, and the box came. And then we hopped on a plane and moved to Asia. Again, the box came. And then I opened it.
And the little booger surprised me.
I was fifteen once, in 1996. Little did I know that in a year my life would be shocked with the shell of a dying mother. Cancer. Horrible, terrible, no-good, Cancer.
I didn’t know that life would change. A lot.
I didn’t know my dad would change as Cancer attacked his brain, stripping personality and neurons. And then he died.
But I was fifteen once, and I did write a list. I wrote:
Desires of My Heart ~ Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
~ To become a pilot
~ To be a husband and a father
~ To have many godly children
~ To be a missionary
~ To have a harmonious home
~ To have a loving wife who greatly loves the Lord
~ To keep myself pure for my wife
~ To be a proclaimer of Truth
~ To have many grandchildren [I told you already that Elizabeth was the smart one. I’m now thinking my math was a bit off.]
~ To develop law skills
This time-capsule shocked me. To be honest, it sort of bothered me too.
But it also reminded me. He is good. He is faithful. And he is worth it.
And it got me thinking…