As this year comes to a close, I'd like to thank you all for your love, support, and prayers.
This has been a rather odd year, but all it has meant for those of us who follow the Lord is having to adapt while being uncomfortable. None of us like being uncomfortable, we all balk at change, we hate feeling things shift beneath us. Comfort and security are what we as humans normally strive to maintain in our lives.
Faith in God grows only when we become uncomfortable. Growth happens only when we have to seek God in how we need to adapt. Maturity blossoms when we realize we do not have it all under control and we need to lift up our hands in complete surrender to the Lord, our God.
So, if we have had to go through uncertainty and discomfort in order to grow and mature, then that is a good thing. Perhaps, not in the way we have envisioned nor how we had expected but if we have grown even a little through this year, it was for our good.
And in all things, we will give the Lord praise and thanksgiving. Because no matter what happens, He is good.
My favourite bible verse is from 1 Samuel 17:45 which says, " Then said David to the Philistine, you come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. " This is what David said to Goliath when they faced each other on the battlefield. And in those few words, we see the depth of faith and assurance that David had in God. He knew His Father well and the certainty of who God is along with the fact that He had David's back as he faced his gigantic and fearsome foe gave David all the confidence he needed for the assurance of victory.
We have no idea what tomorrow brings. We have no idea what form of javelin, shield, or sword might be thrown at us. But one thing is certain, our God, the Eternal One, is unchanging and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Life's situations may shift and change but He does not. He is Almighty God, the One who is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. He has gone before us and His glory is our rear guard. We can trust Him.
You already know this.
But sometimes, we all need to be reminded. We need to know in our hearts of hearts once again and to rekindle the faith of a little child reminding ourselves that the battle has already been won.
While this Christmas season might look different for some, the focus of the celebration is Jesus. And no matter where in the world we are, with or without loved ones gathered with us, we can always celebrate Jesus, the Light of the world.
Our time in this world is only temporary. Our eternal home is not here but in heaven. We are but sojourners on this earth. All of this too shall pass in God's time. So let us look beyond the uncertainties and focus instead on who He is and all that He has done for us.
To all who are near and far, I wish you a Merry Christmas, and may the celebration of who Jesus is, never ends.