I’m giving you one tasks with 2020 now upon us; choose one thing that stands out from the year behind that you know your’ll think about often in the new year ahead.
I’m not saying you need to do all this to help create some sort of new year’s resolution. No. I’m saying to just think of one thing that stood out in 2019. Perhaps it’s one that brought joy, peace, and even laugher that many others recall as well. Or, perhaps it’s that one little speck of time where only you saw or heard something that will forever be glued to your heart in this new year ahead; the kind that is filled with many ‘Thank you, God‘ thoughts. If it’s one of those, then the birth of my 5th grand child would be mine.
But there is no rule that says it has to be one that brings a smile. The one that stands out can easily be something that is sad, discouraging, depressing, heck, even scary. Perhaps it’s one you remember thinking the ‘Why, God?‘ question, surrounded with tears.
I guess that is the type of 2019 memory that will be standing out for me in 2020.
Most of you know what I’m talking about, but incase you don’t, this picture is a clue of what took place I sure wish didn’t.
It’s been a while since I last talked about this trial, and maybe I’ll share more next week. But right now I just want to say that 2019 marks the year I can no longer drive on this one certain street without this one certain thought; God decided that street was the picture-perfect place He’d use to start teaching me about collarbones, while reminding me His plans are still perfect.
2020 will hold many thoughts from 2019 each time I put my hair in a pony tail being there were a few months that was impossible. Most times I’ll be driving, thinking back to when me driving the car was unheard of. Holding my now six-month precious grand daughter in 2020 will always get me thinking how happy I was that first time I held her, while I was standing, months after my surgery took place in 2019.
About three months after my surgery, I began to appreciate the simple things in life I slowly was getting back to doing.
How can I not look back at 2019, at how wonderful it felt that first time I was able to use that one arm to carry that extra heavy grocery bag. Party time because, for a few months, I couldn’t even carry half a gallon of milk with that same arm.
So what is your main 2019 memory? What one thing stands out to you? Of course I hope it was something in that happy category. But if it’s in that same type category as mine, then it’s time I share the main facts that helped carry me through what I went (and still going) through.
God’s plans are perfect, and He knows what He’s doing. Sure, you may not sense He’s close by. You may feel that in 2019 He was nowhere to be found, causing your faith to vanish. But don’t. Instead, have your faith grow, remembering what I still have to remind myself; God is doing what He does best, working behind the scene at doing what He knows is perfect for us, making 2020 perhaps end with a lot more smiles. Just know that you can leave 2019 in your Fathers hands, and step out into 2020 with Him holding you.
I’m far from knowing yet why He had me fall, why my broken collarbone was His plan. That is why these quotes stand out to me as I hope they stand out to you.
“Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be”
“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.” – Lusius Annaeus Seneca
“Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of.” – Charles Spurgeon
And of course, one of my favorite verses
“But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things (like peace through a broken bone) shall be added unto you.”
– Matthew 6:13