Wow, another good year, almost gone. The doors to a new year, new opportunities are just around the corner. Time is truly passing quickly. So fast, and we are so busy doing so many things. We are living.
It is during this time of year that I take time out to reflect on the events in my life for the time passed. I ponder about the good things, the unexplainable things, the blessings, the tears and the pain, worries, anxieties, the hope….the journey of my life for the past 12 months.
This year was exceptional for me. I went through some things, many things. I truly tried God and His promises, and He showed His faithfulness, His loving kindness, His mercy. I thought I knew God, my triune Jehovah, but this year, I believe I came to learn to love God in a manner unlike any other time in my life. I sought Him and I found Him in His Word. I believed I was a prayer warrior, but this year, I learned how to let go and truly cry out to Him, and you know He lifted me up every time: He heard my prayer. I say learned, but really He opened me up to learning – I am still learning how to let Him be God in my life – to let Him reign in my life, direct my path and align my every thought, word, step with His will for me. He wiped my tears away. He replaced my despondency with joy. He gave me sleep on countless nights when there was no sleep to be had. I didn’t understand and He taught me, with His word, to lean on Him, to delight in Him, to truly trust Him. For the first time in my life, I am learning what it is to rest in the finished work of Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit revealed Himself to me in such a way that it changed me. I am learning what it is to truly trust Him and let the peace of Christ Jesus reign in me.
I write all this to say to you – Take the time out to look back over this year and reflect. See what God has done for you and in the lives of those around you. Write down the prayers that He has answered for you. Write down the prayers you send to Him. Wait patiently and try Him. Try Him and test His promises. Look for your circumstance in Scripture. Whatever you need; whatever you desire; there is a Word from God to lead you right. Seek and you shall find. Seek ye first His kingdom. God is faithful. Try Him.
Father, how can I thank you for all that you do? How can I thank you for your faithfulness? How do I thank you for being my light and my lamp, my shield and my sun, my refuge, my hope? Give light to us that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, guide our feet into the way of peace. Open our eyes so that we may see your glory; your hand at work in our lives. Lighten the hardening of our hearts and let us feel your love. Instruct us and teach us in the way we should go; counsel us and watch over us. Let us sing joyfully to you Oh Lord. Let your plans for our life stand firm. By the blood of Christ Jesus and in His name, we pray. Amen!
Submitted via email distribution December 26, 2012.