As we near the end of another year there is something inside of me that causes me to evaluate the year gone by. And I hope the New Year will be even better than the last one.
How would you describe your year of 2013? For me 2013 was a difficult year, an exciting year. That description comes from a letter from my youth pastor, Lee Weiss, wrote back in about 1972 . In that year, the Lord took Lee’s dear wife home to heaven as a result of a car accident. Four young children left behind. A heartache I can’t even imagine. A few months later Lee wrote to me a student at Moody Bible Institute. I wish I still had the letter. However, one sentence from that letter has stuck with me all these years since. That sentence from Lee’s heart was: “This has been one of the most difficult years of my life, yet one of the most exciting spiritually.”
What? I didn’t get that as a 19 year old kid in Bible school. How can a year be both difficult and exciting at the same time? Wasn’t an exciting year a year where your dreams and hopes are coming true, not many problems, and pleasant circumstances? How can a year that includes pain be exciting?
Some forty years later, I think I might have a slight inkling of what Lee meant. Maybe! My losses have not been anywhere near as great as Lee’s but they have been real to me nonetheless. The losses have been difficult, sometimes leaving me feeling lost, without direction, and just plain scared. Yet spiritually, it has been an exciting year, the Lord meeting and teaching me in ways I haven’t experienced before.
– Hope: My hope for a better life is found in heaven, not on earth.
– Surprise: I shouldn’t be surprised when terrible, disappointing thing happen.
– Self-absorbed: I tend to be a self-absorbed Christian, who loves to grumble and feel sorry for myself when things go wrong.
-Thankful: God wants me to be thankful no matter what happens. (Psalm 50)
– Worship: God is worthy of worship even when terribly disappointing things happen to me. There is an evil within me to only worship God when things are going well.
For me 2013 has been a most difficult year, but also a most exciting year. What has your year been like? Share your stories here.