Across Facebook we see posters share the “my year in review” post and I think, do I want to review my year? How about you? Let’s be honest, there was some craziness in 2014.
I’ve had some- Oh Lord, Please Lord, No Lord, Yes Lord, Don’t Lord, Why Lord, Help Lord and a lot of Thanks Lord.
A wise woman told me in 1991 during a health crisis, “In six months you will look back on today and say, ‘that wasn’t as bad as I thought it was’ “. And, give or take a month or so, she was right. It’s amazing how passing time changes us.
Changes us…because that’s really why adversity and challenges are allowed isn’t it? Jesus’ half brother James tells us in 1:2-4 to “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” (MSG)
Some of those “gifts” can be hard to accept. Hello? I would have really liked to re-gift them back to the giver. Retaliation seems so enticing at the time. Or maybe the “gift” didn’t really have anything to do with another person. Maybe it was just the difficulties of life. Can we just wrap those up with a pretty bow and return to sender?
What I want you to remember – all of us to remember- is that we are in this together. We were never meant to live life alone. Trials, challenges and sufferings make for a big group. Members abound.
Let’s get geared up for 2015 – the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly. There’s some life that needs to be lived, some ministry that needs to be done, some fun to be had and some pain to learn from. May our knees not tremble at the thought of the coming year. God’s walking with us. He never leaves, forsakes, sleeps, lies, or forgets a promise. He never loses a battle or looks at us and says, “Uh oh”. I want to stake a claim on Isaiah 43:19 as my verse for the year.
Ramona Calvert gave good advice when she told her daughter Birdie Pruitt in the movie Hope Floats to, “get out there and get the stink blown off ya”.
Welcome 2015. We’ve been waiting on you.
Dear Lord, we couldn’t have made it without You. Satan threw some stuff our way this year and You helped us not lose our minds or our way. For every trail, You blessed us ten fold. Thank you. Hopefully, with every struggle, we look more like You. It is with anticipation we welcome 2015. I ask you to bless those who read this prayer with good health, stable finances, peaceful homes, mended relationships, healed hearts and an overwhelming desire to get to know You better. Make Your word come alive for us as we read. Place a hunger in us to do Your will and then help us not stumble as we walk the path set before us. We want to hear You as You speak to our hearts. Oh Lord, don’t let us become deaf to Your voice. Bless our businesses and our jobs. Use us in the workplace to shine a light where there may be darkness. Lord, protect those we love. We trust You with their care. We look forward to see how You make possible what seems impossible in our lives.
We love you Lord. May we never bring reproach on Your name Jesus. Amen