I remember in 6th grade, we would imagine what life was going to be like when it turned "2000" or even farther into the future. We talked about having a phone in every room, phones where you could see the person you were talking to and all the leisure time we would have to fill because automated machines would be taking over all the tasks we used to do. I remember Mrs. Mundy, my 6th grade teacher, telling us that one day we would be able to buy a calculator for $5.00 just about anywhere. That year, my Dad had purchased a calculator for $175. It only did basic addition/subtraction features and was very large. I still have that calculator. We thought Mrs. Mundy didn't know what she was talking about...
Now it is 2009, I could never have imagined what my life would have held back then. I am so thankful that God does not reveal to us what is going to happen in our lives until it happens. I could not have imagined living through the difficulties that I have been through. Even the joys that I experience everyday would be overwhelming for me to fathom ahead of time.
Christopher Robin said to Pooh:
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."Looking back at the trials I have been through, losing my father to suicide while I was in college, being diagnosed with insulin dependent diabetes shortly thereafter, losing a child..., I would surely say that there was no way that I could have survived all that has come my way over the years.
And yet, God reveals his mercies to us new each day...he gives us all that we need to get through that day..not they days ahead but each new day..
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:25-34
God is stronger and smarter than we can ever imagine. He knows what our future holds and gives us everything we need to get through it. I am "braver" than I believe when I put my ultimate trust in the God who is all knowing...all loving...all sovereign..
2009 is here. It will be filled with joys and trials for sure. Although the details may be uncertain to us, the anchor of which we cling to will surely hold. I am praying today that through both the trials and the joys, that we would remain focused on the source of all things. I consider my trials a gift because of how God has used these "tragedies" to direct my path...Lord, keep me truly thankful in all circumstances..