by johncalvinyoung | January 1st, 2011
Coming to the end of this amazing, incredible, difficult year, I remember where I was a year ago, and realize that though I had my usual, detailed plans for what I wanted to do with my year, the Lord chose to surprise me. I couldn’t have imagined where I would end up, what happened and where I have been, the highs and lows He has brought us through. Some of my big plans came to fruition…many more changed or just didn’t happen. But I can scarcely have imagined how this year could have been better. He knew better than I could have ever predicted what I would be faced with, those ups and downs…and He brought me through them.
Praising God for his mercy and grace: my father is cancer-free (hardly able to hope last New Year’s), and my baby sister is doing well with her heart condition. I have family love, deep friendships, and treasured memories to look back on from this year. He brought me friends at times when I needed them worst, solid Christian fellowship that we know need not be limited to a summer, a decade, or a life–but will continue even beyond the grave. Forget friends for life. Friends for eternity, more like! You know who you guys are.
He has blessed my relationships with my family, and even though I haven’t been at home nearly as much as I’d like this year, I have delightful memories and traditions to remember and take back with me to Britain, where I will be living nearly half of this next calendar year. I’m closer to my brothers than I’ve ever been, and enjoying watching everyone grow up, particularly my adorable little sisters.
I’ve been unusually blessed with special memories this year–for one that loves to travel as well as come home, there’s been plenty of both in 2010. Exploring the high country in Colorado with my family, London and Oxford by myself and with friends, DC at the end of the summer with my whole family and friends from church, and the end of the holidays with another awesome batch of friends. Swing and shag and contra dancing all summer long, and arguing books and philosophy and theology into the night afterwards. Reconnecting with old, old friends, and making awesome new ones…
It’s mighty convicting, that our best-laid plans are so paltry and often misdirected when set beside God’s will. We think we know what we need, or even what we want–the Lord knows what we need, even what we want, and what we should have. He delights to give good gifts to His children, and we have seen his abundance of grace time and time again. My family went through a lot of challenges this year, but the thing we learned through it all was that we needn’t worry about the future or about provision we need. Rather, we need to trust that He knows and cares and His will is best!
So that was 2010. A long, busy, tumultuous year…full of happenings and travel and fun and business, even as I worked on a contract job up until 11PM on the 31st. But a good one. Next year may carry boom or bust, abundance or abasement, excitement or boredom…but we can trust the Lord with it. ‘Twas a good year to trust the Lord. And may the next be better!Posted in: News | 1 Comment