By Virginia Finnie
|Posted by Virginia on December 31, 2010 at 2:38 PM|
Less than twelve hours before we welcome in 2011! New Year's Eve! A time to celebrate and contemplate. A time to look back over 2010 and appreciate everything this year has held.
In all honesty, as I look back over this past year my mind goes to all of the difficulties and disappointments. My prayers have recently been that God would show me where He was in all of the trials of 2010. That He would enable me to see the circumstances of this year through His eyes.
As I listen over several days for what God would have to say about the events of this year, I sense He is showing me that what I see as difficulties, disappointments, trials and struggles He sees as opportunities to draw me closer to Him. An opportunity for what I truly believe about Him and His character to come to the surface as I choose to respond out of the Truth I know, instead of out of the circumstances flying at me and the resulting emotions.
It feels as though the enemy has been working overtime this past year to destroy everything I hold dear or to at least discourage me to the point of giving up. With each blow that came there was a decision to be made. A choice to stand and fight or to give in and give up. A very dear friend has reminded me repeatedly that God will never allow the enemy to do anything in our lives that cannot ultimately be used for good. Romans 8:28
As God continues to show me the trials as He sees them instead of how I see them (with the enemies help), I can see answered prayer and God's protection always.
My husband and I had been praying for years for a difficult situation with his business to be changed. 2010 has seen this change come to pass but the path necessary has been more treacherous then we could ever have imagined. Somehow we thought the changes would happen without any significant challenges. We have learned that all change will have it's own challenges and to pray for one is to also pray for the other. God has faithfully carried us through the challenges and my husband is now in a place professionally where he can thrive.
As my mother-in-law has battled cancer since August I have witnessed a strength in her that I would never have imagined. I have seen the family come together in a way that happens only during a crisis. Relationships have grown stronger and closer because of the battle. The outlook is good for a full recovery and God has used this battle with stage three cancer for His glory!
Two months ago I was in a serious car accident. As God has shown me where He was in that accident I can see His protection. Not just the night it occurred but for years leading up to it. Just the right car - purchased seven years earlier. It took the near head on collison remarkably well. Airbags - just there waiting for that moment. As the car turned in front of my car I felt a strong impression to turn the wheel hard. It all happened in a split second. That decision to turn the wheel spared both myself and the other driver from more serious injuries. The outcome was the very best possible and I know God was there protecting me and the young man in the other car.
So this year comes to a close. What a year! I thank God for it. All of it! There are two verses that God has been placing on my heart a lot lately. I would like to share them with you:
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
The second verse is from the book of Joshua. God speaks to Joshua as he takes over for Moses. In verse 1:2 God tells Joshua that Moses is dead and that he should get the people ready to cross the Jordan. Now Joshua and the nation of Israel had been mouring over Moses so this was not a newsflash. I believe God was telling Joshua that it was time to move on. In verse nine God reminds Joshua what He has promised . . .
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
2011 is upon us. The decision is ours, will we embrace this new year with confidence and new determination. Will we see the challenges as opportunites? Will we seek out our Lord in every circumstance, every day!
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:18-19
May God bless you as you bless others in 2011!