Last night I put the finishing touches on my list of what 2018 brought me. I write all the things, all the time, but this year-end reflection was special. It’s filled with the answered prayers, the unexpected ones that were answered, and even the ones I thought might have been but weren’t. I took my final step back this evening, making sure to not miss anything, and smiled as joy and hope rose up in my heart. It’s overwhelming how kind God has been this year.
On January 1, I clinched tightly to the word “new” and to the promising words in Isaiah 43:19. I saw throughout my list how everything from this year took root in that word. For that, I’m humbled of the faithfulness of God. He might not have chosen to answer every prayer, but He did give me more than I asked for in new and unexpected ways.
As I say my final goodbye to 2018, I’m thankful to see the ending of some seasons, the beginnings of new ones, and even for the season I’m still sitting in. If I’ve learned anything this year, it’s that God doesn’t lead where He doesn’t provide. Even in the moments I thought He left, He was still there loving and pursuing me in spite of myself. At the end of a year filled with lessons, I still find a reason to praise Him. This time last year that would’ve been a far-flung thought and I honestly wasn’t sure how 2018 would end. But here are, thankful, blessed and filled with greater joy!
Your year-end might look different from mine. But in the end, I pray we come to the same conclusion as this year settles – that not one good or bad moment, broken or blessed situation, was without purpose. You made it; you did it! You might be bruised, but you’re here. Tonight, may your soul sing with mine, “it is well.”
“ Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19