As I sit here with a hot cup of tea, and reflect on the many different events that 2017 encompassed, all I can keep whispering is “Thank you for your faithfulness, Lord”.
To be perfectly honest, 2017 has been one of the most challenging years that I have lived through, since becoming a follower of Jesus Christ. There have been many different events that have tested my faith and tempted me to wander from the only One who will protect me and who truly loves me, unconditionally. It’s been an insane emotional roller coaster ride that I truly don’t want to ever watch anybody else go through. But through it all, one thing has remained the same….the faithfulness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
“but I will not remove from him my steadfast love or be false to my faithfulness.” (Psalm 89:33)
Typical human nature is to run the opposite direction whenever we find ourselves in a season of suffering. I have had many moments where I have tried to run away from the situations that the Lord has led me to, only to be reminded that I’m not in control. Even when I try to run, He faithfully pulls me right back to Him and wherever it is that He has called me to be in that season. Why? Because He already knows the outcome of the situation. He already knows when that particular season will end. He knows why and how He is using me in that situation. He has a perfect plan that I can’t necessarily see, but scripture reminds me that it is all for my good and His glory. And I have seen His faithfulness in reminding me of these truths, over and over. Sometimes, it’s through a friend who points me back to Christ over a cup of coffee and a lot of tears. Other times, it has been through personal Bible study and prayer. I’ve even had encounters with complete strangers, who have shared truth with me that I needed to be reminded of in that exact moment, yet they had absolutely no clue what was going on inside of me.
If you are walking through a season of suffering, or just a difficult season in general, remember that the Lord is faithful. That he is sovereign over our choices. Remember to seek His will, not your own will. His will is perfect. Your will is not. Don’t be anxious about the past, present or future. Just be present in the present, and follow the instruction of the Lord. He is the only One who can be present in the past, present and future, all at the same time. You can’t. So you let God be God, and you be His faithful servant who seeks to glorify Him, regardless of your circumstances.
With that said, Happy New Year, my friends.
Soli Deo Gloria! (in case you aren’t familiar with this phrase, it is Latin for “Glory to God Alone”)