As 2014 draws to a close, I have been reflecting on the lessons I have learned this year. This year I began leading a small group, have visited women in situations of exploitation, become more involved in my Sunday fellowship, have been volunteering my time to help refugees living in my area, made new friends, deepened friendships, continued studying Chinese, and traveled to four different countries. I have learned many lessons (big and small) through each of these experiences. One overarching principle/lessons has been evident in all of these areas: FAITHFULNESS.
2014 gave me a deeper understanding of His faithfulness. He is faithful to fulfill everything He promised us in Scripture. He was faithful to provide financial resources in situations where there seemed like no way out. I saw Him work on people’s hearts and help them better understand their worth in His eyes. I can’t even count the number of times He provided me wisdom and guidance as I was facing a challenge. He faithfully pursued me and showed me the depths of His love. He faithfully forgave me when I fell short. He intervened in difficult situations and has helped people reconcile.
He also, lovingly, showed me that I am human and I will make mistakes. I am not called to be perfect. I am called to be faithful to do what He has asked me to do. Success is not defined by the outcomes that I can see. I need to remember that He is always working behind the scenes. He is ultimately in control so I do not need to worry about all of the details outside of my control; He will take care of that. I am responsible for showing up, engaging the situation, asking for His guidance.
2014 was a great year. Can’t wait to see what lessons I will learn in 2015 and how next year will teach me more about His character.