This isn’t a year I want to relive. I’ve watched a lot of loved ones suffer. I’ve walked through deep waters of loss. I’ve seen precious hearts betrayed and the gruesome depths of evil have been quite evident. I’ve struggled with discoveries of deeply hidden pride within my own heart, and it’s been ugly.
2014 will not go down on record as one of my favorite years.
And yet, I know that all I’ve experienced in this year of loss has not been without purpose, has been under God’s watchful care, and is (in some way) a year God wants to use to prepare me for what He has in store in 2015.
That is true for you as well.
Remember what I shared with you when we looked at Naomi’s life?
If I knew all that God was doing, if I could see His ending from my beginning, there would be nothing in His plan that I would change.
Sometimes it’s hard to voice that. But it is true.
I voiced this to a dear friend this season as she walked through the devastating loss of the baby she carried in her womb. I voiced this to a room full of women who’ve experienced tragic and horrific betrayals this past year.
I voice this truth frequently to myself when I begin to despair because of the darkness.
Let us lay aside the losses of 2014 and ask God to give us the faith, hope, and courage to enter 2015 with the knowledge that He is sovereign in all He allows. He is working out His plans and purposes—even through the pain and suffering.
The Lord is faithful and we can trust Him:
[box]The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him. (Nahum 1:7)[/box]
[box]And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son . . . (Romans 8:28–29)[/box]
How would you sum up 2014?
What are you looking forward to in 2015?
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