This year has been the BEST! God has brought about countless blessings, breakthroughs and new beginnings! From completing university to graduating, landing my first real job, making amazing friends, spending quality time with the fam, going on numerous adventures, and so on – God has definitely been good to me.
Having said that, 2016 has also been interesting, to say the least. I had my fair share of disappointments, doubts, and frustrations this year...
...Yet, through it all - through every wrecked plan and drawback - God did what He always does. He showed up. He proved me wrong so many times and showed me that what He has for me is SO much better than anything I could ever dream of. Because of Him, I'm walking out of 2016 happier, stronger, more loved and even more certain of His place in my life.
I have no idea what your year has been like… but one thing’s for sure – God means what He says:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose – Romans 8:28.
I've learnt that the key to seeing the good in anything, is seeking God in everything. The more I pursue Him, the more I learn about Him. The more I learn about Him, the more I trust Him. And the more I trust Him, the more I am able to see the beauty in every season - even the most bleak and broken.
Sometimes it’s hard to make sense of the not-so-great things that happen, but every day God continues to show me that He has a good heart and a good purpose for everything, even the bad stuff! While not everything in this world may be good, God can certainly draw good out of anything. Believe me when I say that He can make something beautiful out of old ruins!
As 2017 approaches, I'm praying that we will learn to define good as He defines it; that we will continue to lift up our eyes and find the beauty in every situation; and that we will trust God and His good plan for us!
Make space for Him. He is ready to redeem, repair, rebuild and refine.
Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands - Isaiah 43:19.
If you don’t think He can fill that emptiness, you’re wrong. And He will. God can create possibilities where no one sees potential. He can take nothing and make it into something pretty awesome and extraordinary.
That breakdown? That's a breakthrough. That setback? That's a setup for something greater. And those stumbling blocks in your life today? Those are just stepping stones toward the bright future that He has for you.
God has been good a long time. He knows what He's doing. And He will work all things for the good of those who love Him...
Trust God and anticipate greater things. The best is yet to come :)
Happy new year, guys!