Years ago I made a list of my life’s years and wrote down the best and most significant event I could remember of each year. It was humbling. Looking back over the list, I was struck by the fact that nearly everything on the list had turned out for my good, yet was directly or indirectly the result of some failure, or loss, or disappointment that made me look at my situation differently. In hind site, nearly everything that I considered at the time to be loss turned out to be the loss of an old way of life that was in process of gaining something new. It seemed at the time of each juncture, that my God was out of the picture, nowhere to be found, far, far away … when actually, He was closer than ever … just simply coming in from a different direction. Unexpected. The emptiness of the time was an emptying of old patterns and habits and trains of thought that He used for me to see that the road I was on was no longer working to serve Him.
He revealed new.
He gave new guidance to yield more promising results. And, He developed in me a sense of trust, deeper than ever, that sealed in His boldness and empowerment to follow Him into uncharted territory.
I still add to that list every single year. And, His work in our lives still comes from every possible surprising direction. He blows my mind. His faithfulness overwhelms me.
He’s closer than you think.
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