I’m pretty sure no one’s 2017 was absolutely perfect. But if it was, I want to hear about it. What I mean is, we’ve all gone through some kind of difficult situation this year — trauma, drama or whatever name you wish to give it, and I’m sure some of it might be described as more than awful. It’s part of living in this hard place —between the now and the not yet. The now earth and the new earth (Revelation 21).
Whereas some of us might not want to look back (I don’t blame you), viewing the past year or years from our rear view mirror can heighten our awareness of things we might want to alter for the better.
Surely reflection won’t always give us the answers we’re searching for but looking back can grant us clarity that living in the middle of a mess cannot. And the Bible gives a myriad of examples of this very thing. For instance:
Did Joseph see the good of being sold into slavery while he was enslaved?
Did Hannah know the full blessing of giving her child away when she left him at the temple?
(1 Samuel 1-2)
While David was ducking and hiding from Saul, did he realize God was building his character for leadership?
(1 Samuel 18-24)
Did Esther ever feel like being pulled away from her family might actually save them?
Did Ruth know that losing her first husband would lead her down the road to salvation?
Did Paul know that being blinded would make him see?
It’s only in the looking back that we can have forward thinking. A chance to see how some of our life circumstances make sense or really do work in our favor. I know we won’t always see it clearly but if we ask God, He will help us.
What did you learn from 2017 or the years previous?
God redeems all things and we can find our peace in knowing the God who knows.