Sunday, January 1, 2012
Well, 2011 has come and gone and the world is still here, only by the goodness and grace of our great God. I have not completed my resolution from last year. (really? whoever does?) I am a year older and some wiser. I have seen sickness and health, I have born deaths, and rejoiced over births. I have gone through times of doubt and trust. I learned to drive. I have prayed and been prayed for. I have felt my heart ache over my friends troubles. God has shown me much in my life that needs change. I have experienced much change in this year, and yet I look ahead and though I do not know what is to come exactly I know in my heart that there is only more yet to come. Can I truly say that I want that change? But being a Christian I do want the change that only a true faith and devotion to God works in our lives. Change, we have a love-hate relationship. I think that our family has gone through enough turmoil, but it is often that through what seems like turmoil to us, God's plans are brought about. Trials are meant to stretch us and grow us. God works in both lightning bolts and little drips. (paraphrase Amazing Grace) Think about that, a lightning bolt would break and crack a stone, whereas a drip of water would slowly wear away at the stone. I do not think that I am the only one in whose life both has happened. Change can be rapid or gradual. Do not pray that change that will not come, but rather pray that God will be with us through it and that we will listen to what He says to us. 'If God brings you to it, He'll bring you through it.' I saw that on a ring and it has encouraged me much when I think of it. I pray God will bless you my readers, and that He will work mightily in your lives this coming year. God Bless and Happy New Year!