The Sum of It AllMonday, December 27, 2010
We have faced many challenges since last December, but God has proved faithful every step of the way. During the times of uncertainty and even fear, God calmed us and showed us His strength. We learned that when we place our trust in Him, He never leaves our side. “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10). And by His side, we have witnessed miracles. From the surprising ways God stretched our income right when it was needed the most, to the healing of our daughter through a life-saving operation, God’s compassion and provision has amazed us.
This year, our faith has grown as God has taught us patience. Sometimes His plans may seem unclear or slow to us, but He has shown us that His timing is always perfect. Through waiting upon His timing, we were able to witness God's glory. We learned that quite often it is in the journey that God prepares us for what is to come. And without the winding path He leads us on, the destination would not otherwise be found. “This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed” (Habakkuk 2:3).
And so, if I were to summarize all we have experienced this past year and put it into one word, I would choose the word “love”. For God has shown us His love through every experience we have had and through every lesson He has taught. On this Thankful Thursday, as the year 2010 rolls to a close, I am praising God for the sum of it all - His everlasting love.
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