Closing Out 2009

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 

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With only 5 more hours before the close of 2009, I want to take this time to reflect on God’s faithfulness and goodness. Through all the highs and lows, God has not only shown Himself to be worthy of worship, but a God who can be trusted (again).

As I reflect on 2009, I am thankful for:

1) God’s Sovereignty. There is nothing that happened this past year without God’s permission and control. It is always hard to see why things turn out the way it does but at the end, we realize that God was weaving a masterpiece. He is always trustworthy.

2) God’s Leadership. It is amazing to see all the places and spaces that God leads us to if we would just follow His lead. There have been many times throughout this year where I have questioned if I was hearing God’s voice correctly. But time after time, God was requiring a simple display of faith and a simple act of trust.

3) God’s Grace. It is comforting to know that God’s grace is constant – the flow never stops. It is definitely reassuring to know that the degree of the flow varied from situation to situation this past year. I have found the need of grace more in particular situations than in others; and it is humbling to know that God gives the right amount… and then some.

4) God’s Provisions. Whenever God calls us to do something, He will always provide everything we need to fulfill our calling. A God-sized vision will require a God-sized provision because God is always for (pro-) His vision. Throughout this year, I have seen God provide for us with everything we need – it was always the right amount and at the right time.

It is a good reminder that some of the lessons throughout 2009 were the same lessons that I had to learn from the past. But the difference is that the lessons are deeper and have more significance at each stage of life. God and His ways are more real to me than the previous year; and I am confident that this will be the case at the close of 2010 and the year after that. What a journey!

“He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted” (Job 5:9).