And so the chapter closes on 2014 . . . with all of its joys, sorrows, special times and memories, heartaches, learning, growth, changes, fun times, new experiences, and more. I cannot put into words what all is on my heart as we leave this past year behind and enter the new year. I never would have guessed where all God would end up leading me, or my family, in 2014 . . . and now another year is before us with only He knowing what lies ahead.
There is a passage from Proverbs that I have been thinking a lot about this past month . . .
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
If I were to pick a ‘theme verse’ for this coming year, I think this would be it! It is a very encouraging and convicting reminder to lean not on my own very limited understanding and perspective of things, and to trust instead in our all-knowing and wise Father, Who sees everything from the beginning to the end and Who knows what is best for us.
And as we trust in Him with all our heart and “acknowledge Him in all [our] ways”, then “He will make [our] paths straight.” Isn’t that an incredible and encouraging promise?
As I step into this empty new year that is just waiting to be filled, I look forward to wherever God will lead. It is my heart’s desire that with whatever lies ahead, to moment by moment, day by day, trust Him fully, acknowledging Him in all of my ways, and letting Him guide me down the paths He has for me, embracing whatever He gives “as from a Father’s hand”, as the old hymn goes.
Already there are exciting opportunities for ministry and service which could end up being a big part of Leah’s and my year (I look forward to sharing more about these in the coming weeks!) . . . before long it will be time to start planning the garden and starting seeds (already?!) . . . spring and summer days with all their busyness will come again . . . and this precious life that God has given to each of us will, Lord willing, continue to be lived out in the coming weeks and months.
May each of us embrace whatever God gives us or allows in our lives in the year 2015 . . . using this year to grow in Him, to serve others and share His love, to be a bright light for Christ, and more . . . not getting caught up in the temporal, but having our hearts and minds fixed on “things above” and seeing every moment as a gift and as an opportunity to glorify our Lord.
Over this next year, I am looking forward to continuing to blog and share glimpses with all of you of some of what will take place in this next year for us . . . and I look forward to hearing from you all, too, and perhaps seeing in part as to how God will lead each of you in your lives as well!
From our family to yours . . . have a blessed New Year!