6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
– Colossians 2:6-7
How do we change seasons? Suddenly another year ends, and another one comes in. I opened the year 2014 to the verse above, and 365 days later (give or take, was it a leap year? lol) I opened my journal to this page — yesterday. All the passing seasons that the year brought has come to an end; whether we liked it or not, 2014 has ended and 2015 is ushered in. Perhaps it seemed like a long held-in breath finally let out, or to others, a sudden blink of an eye. In any case, I wake up and it’s a new page. A new journal, entirely. Oh, how the Lord has been so gracious.
I held on to this verse for the entire year, in moments where I realized I was being built up, or on difficult times when I wanted to pass up all the challenge and ask God to take me under His wing. It’s safe to say that I’ve never had a season where I was (consciously) in touch with God’s hand as this one. Every depressing moment, every rise and fall of emotion, every curiosity and every sinking of the heart, I hand into His hand. Where before I sank and withdrew where I felt weak and battered, this year felt like an active battle. I feel like I went through the year with sickle in hand, cutting through every vine that threatened to keep me back in. Or, for lack of dramatics, this was a year where I did not “lose it”. 😛 For just that, I’m already mighty grateful.
Where this year most of my thoughts and active responses fixated on the part where I was being rooted and built up in God, only belatedly did I realize that ‘thankfulness’ was the best part of these words. I have so much to be thankful for. I can’t look at my family, at my friends, my job, and my journey without being thankful — how can I not be? I don’t have all the answers — like that ever happens — but it has been a good year. God, who has been present in every moment conceived and inconceivable, has been with me. And He continues to be, like a friend, like the rush of the wave, like a whisper.
So I open the year with deep feeling — that this is going to be great. That more things will happen, some pleasant, some surprising; I will probably smile even bigger, I will probably have my heart broken over many things, I might win, I might fail, I may pump my fists or fall in sick…or lose it. But even then, from the tips of my toes to the top of my head, I feel the anticipation of things to come because the One who makes every day of my life overflowing with thankfulness is the One who made it.
Here’s to new pages, and 365 days plus an eternity of God’s faithfulness!