Seasons greetings lovely people. Hope the yuletide season has been as much fun for you (if not more) as it has been for me. Well without much ado, let me move on to the post.
We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken.
So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9,16-18 (MSG)
The above scriptures give an apt description of the year 2014 for me. I had a discussion this evening with one of my cousins, and I realized from our talk that this has been unarguably my toughest year yet. I was literarily hit on all sides- relationships, my walk with God, my business, my finances, you name it. Just as I came to this realisation, a fresh discovery was also made. God gave me the most amazing surprises this year! Prayers that I had practically given up hope on and even stopped praying were answered, just like that!
As I look back, I thank God for every experience…the tears, the anger, the disappointments, the miracles, the blessings, the testimonies… Its the making of me. The me He wants me to be. I know now more than ever that He is a faithful God.
You know that feeling you get towards the end of the year, when all sorts of thoughts bombard your mind. You remember all the plans you had at the beginning of the year; the list of achievements you hoped to have by the end of the year, and somehow you haven’t been able to tick off every item on that list… Relax. Take a chill pill and think on this.
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. Jeremiah 29:11 (MSG)