Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart. – Psalms 90:12
I am a mathematician. I manipulate and analyze numbers for a living. This love for numbers spills over into my personal life quite often. I guess I am a bit obsessed with what they represent and what they mean.
Right now, I am consumed with the number seven.
Interesting facts or things associated with the number seven that pop in my head at the moment are:
- seven days in a week
- seven days of creation
- seven days to make or break a habit
- seven years in cohabitation = common law marriage
- seven minutes added back to your life by quitting smoking (not sure if this is valid or not, but go ahead and give it a shot :))
- seven deadly sins
- Seven Wonders of the World
- Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Book)
This little nugget of information spiked my interest of seven and hit a little too close to home. The article, Number 7 Numerology, stated that the number seven is the seeker, the thinker, the searcher of truth. The seven doesn’t take anything at face value – it is always trying to understand the underlying, hidden truths. The seven knows that nothing is exactly as it seems and that reality is often hidden behind illusions.
Hmm…sounds about right 🙂
The article, Biblical Numbers 1-10, broke the meaning down a bit further.
In the Bible, numbers have spiritual significance. Of all the biblical numbers, seven is the most familiar because it appears about 600 times. Seven denotes spiritual perfection. It means divine fullness, completeness and totality. It comes from a Hebrew word meaning “to be full,” “to be satisfied,” and “to have enough.
Many times seven is important as a symbol rather than as an actual number. Whenever you read seven, it does not always literally mean seven things or seven occurrences. It is symbolic of the whole or the completion or the ideal situation or the perfect picture of things. Seven constitutes a complete cycle.
Everything changed April 2, 2013. This man who shall not be named showed up in my life and dumped all his baggage at my feet which I quickly took on as my own. I got a double promotion at work. I went from being an assessment editor reviewing test items to managing 17 direct reports and co-leading the item development for a nationwide test. My 18-year-old stinky, shoe smelling, male cousin moved in with me. He completely destroyed my cute, perfectly designed IKEA spare bed room. My once precious and spotless room looks like it threw up laundry all over the carpet…*sigh*
My safe and easy life was uprooted 210 days ago. Yes, I am counting every freaking day. Every hour, every minute that passes through this cycle of hell I call life is another moment gained, another step towards this never-ending finish line.
Today, October 29, 2013 marks month seven and a lot has transpired up to this point. I have spent…
- seven months fervently praying over people and situations
- seven months stressing
- seven months consumed with problems
- seven months in heartbreak
- seven months dealing with unanswered questions
- seven months dealing with disappointments
- seven months fighting to believe
- seven months hoping
- seven months waiting for completion, miracles, and breakthroughs
My spirit senses something new is on the horizon, it recognizes significant change is on the way. My joy has resurfaced, my hope has surged to a new level. Something big is brewing and is about to lock into place. I know this because seven tells me so.
I have no idea what is in store for me, but I’d like to believe some long-awaited dreams are about to be birthed and prayers are about to be answered. I have walked through the hardship, felt the heaviness of my broken heart, and prayed desperately for change.
So tonight, I celebrate all that I have gone through and all that I have gained. Who knows, tomorrow I may be back at one, starting a process all over again, having yet another mountain to climb, another thing to over analyze, and another truth to seek out. But as for tonight, I am no longer consumed with I don’t have. I am simply consumed with what I do. I am full, I am satisfied, and I have more than enough.
For tonight, I am seven 🙂