"We made it," my good friend said a few seconds after the ball dropped, ushering in 2010. It was a weighty statement, because a few months ago, I wasn't sure I would ever get over 2009.

When my birthday rolled around in the fall, I looked back at the previous year and was grieved. All I could see were months of sorrow and pain from a great wound that was not healing nearly as quickly as I wanted.

And yet, by Christmas--just when I thought I'd feel the pain the most--my outlook had completely changed. And now, in 2010, by the grace of God I see a bit more clearly.

I see character developed.
I see relationships strengthened.
I see a future developing.

I see a heart healed.

And I rejoice. I rejoice that He has delivered me from all my fears. I rejoice that He has broadened the path beneath me. I rejoice that He has trained my hands for future battles, even while in the midst of fighting one. I rejoice that I learned how God arms me with strength by coming to the end of my own.

The pain had a purpose, I guess.

"For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God?" (Psalm 18:31)

There is no God besides the Lord--no friend, no medicine, no escape. He is all, and He is enough.

And now, I move forward.


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Ordinary Reader said...

Hi. I just came across your blog a few minutes ago and want to say how great I think it is. Very good posts.
I see you haven't posted in a while but I'm going to sign up to follow anyway. Wishing you well, Dianne

Anonymous said...

I attend Summerville and love your music. The thoughts about forgiveness have weighed heavily on me for two years now. Thanks for the push in the right direction. Still can't do it, but I understand it more. Maybe it is God leading me down that path since I think about it every day. I would like to talk to you some day about it someday.

gil gatch said...

I'm really happy for you. God is good all the time. But isn't so great when life is good also? :)