2018. This year has crept up on me before I even knew it. It’s a pretty special year for a number of different reasons. It will have been 10 years (in October) since I started this blog back in 2008, my freshman year of college. Though the frequency of my blog entries has greatly decreased, one of my goals this year is to blog (and journal privately) a little more frequently. Not that people read this, but it’s simply a good way for me to record random musings. A second reason why this year is special is because starting last Fall 2017, I started graduate school (and working full time)! My schedule is pretty packed, with ministry at church, and continuing to cultivate the relationships that God has gifted me. However I know it’s a season that I am in- it’s temporary, and when it ends, I will miss it, so I am trying to enjoy each moment as much as possible. Lastly, this year will be special because it will have been 14 years since I was first diagnosed with my autoimmune health condition. That’s half my life. A lot of emotions, thoughts, and memories come when I think about this, but I can honestly say now that aside from my salvation by grace, through Jesus Christ, this is the greatest gift that God has given me. This thorn in my side has humbled me, broken me at times, and reminded me of how sovereign, glorious and mighty our great God is. I’ll save the rest of my thoughts for another post in the future.
This year I’m looking forward to what may come. Because I am certain that God has a plan that is good and best. It will probably be difficult- not preferred circumstances, messy relationships, and a lot of unknowns, but to rest in the hope that Peter talks about is comforting.
(1 Peter) 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in tpraise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Your ways, not my ways. Come what may, Lord.