20 Years

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17th November 1999 was a strange old day, I had found my family that I knew I would be with forever, a bond that could never be broken, a place where I could be myself, a place where I was safe, a place where I was able to grow and develop. Life couldn’t have been any better. It was a day that happened 20 years ago but a day that I will never forget, I had found my everlasting family!

Over the last 20 years we have been through so much together, we have been through blood, sweat, tears, arguments, plenty of door slamming, moans, groans, sleepless nights, travel, bereavement, excitement, change and so much more but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I have been able to grow and develop with a family around me and I have been able to be the person that I want to be. If I was to start again I would change things and I would have acted differently but I would have still wanted to same people around me and encouraging me to do the things that I want to do.

We have been through so many things together but through everything I have learnt that family is family and even though you grow up and drift apart you can always go back to them. They are the only true people in the world who fully know you, who care about you, who wants to know everything that goes on. Believe me it may get annoying with all the questions but they care. Would you rather someone who left you to do what you want and not to care?

This last year has been really hard and it has been tough but the family has always been there. With everything we have been through over the last year I am surprised that we are still as close as we are. We have had our differences but we have learnt to accept them and to be able to get to know each other in an adult and grown up way. I know that I have drifted away from them and have spaced myself from them but they have always been kind enough to want me back and to keep in contact.

It reminds me of what God is like with His people. He doesn’t move but instead people drift away from Him and do their own thing. People want to be their own king but God is the only king, people want to be their own god but God is the one and only. God draws near to you and He wants you to draw near to him. It is going to be hard and it is going to be tough but God is there and He will always be there waiting.

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