i don’t know how it happened, but we are different

Here we are: a new calendar, new objectives, and time to reflect.

2015 has blown our socks off. We can hardly believe the stories, yet we lived them. Most of them happened right here. Our family has gone through the gamut of emotions this year, and now that we’re looking back, we can say with the confidence that comes from having lived it: god is wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance.

We never ever ever ever could have accomplished what he has accomplished in 2015. His ways are past finding out.

He gave us challenging instructions near the beginning of last year. We were small-minded in our thinking, but gave him a very weak “yes” in return. He continued to say “yes” to us, and at moments, we made some childish demands of him. We wanted him to operate within our paradigm. We didn’t realize how much he wanted to mess with ours. We had to let go of some deep-rooted beliefs about him, about our faith, about our role on the earth.

He kept saying “yes” to us, and that enabled us to get a little quicker and a little stronger in our “yes” to him. Now it’s like the cycle that never ends. It’s as if we’re caught up in a yes/yes response.

When you’re in a relationship with the author and finisher and there’s a continual yes coming from him, and you continue to send a yes back, well, that’s the good stuff. It seems as if anything can happen overnight. Prayers that we’ve prayed for years are growing more quickly. Enemies that used to terrify us are laughable. Our internal capacity is expanding. It’s becoming difficult to panic and difficult to view life through a temporal lens.

It’s as if we grew five years in the last year. I feel as if these words are so small and weak when attempting to describe what God has accomplished. “All the we have accomplished, God has done for us.”

2015 might go down as one of the hardest, but it almost certainly will go down as one of the best.

“I run in the paths of your commands for you have set my heart free.”

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