Sony’s Thoughts: Reflecting on 2009
In looking back over 2009, this has been a year of ups and downs, good times and bad but, overall, it has been a year of trial and testing. Not the kind of year I ever long for and yet I have learned so much. It is easy to tell people to hang in there, that our joy is not affected by our trials, that God’s grace is sufficient for anything we have to go through but it’s as we go through those trials ourselves, that we have a greater testimony because our words are no longer theory but experience. We can quote Scripture not because we’ve been told it’s true but because we have found it to be true in our own lives.
I am also learning what it means to hold to God’s unchanging hand. Even when everyone else seems to not care about God or His ways, I cannot live one day without Him, nor do I desire to. I am not responsible for what others do but I am responsible for my actions and I recognize the need for those actions to be exemplary.
As the year ends, I thank God for bringing me through another year. I thank Him for staying close to me when all I could do was cry. I thank Him for wiping away those tears and restoring my joy and my strength and determination to move forward with Him. I thank Him for the work He is continuing to do in this worthless vessel. He is truly the best Friend one could ever have and, if you don’t know Him, I pray that you will find Him before this year ends. Life won’t always be easy but, when you surrender to God, He will bring you through and you will be able to smile again. I know from experience.