The new year is usually a time for reflection. Yesterday I read many blog posts and Facebook statuses written by folks who were looking back on the old year and looking forward to the new one.
Here at our house, we did not spend much time in deep reflection yesterday. We were too busy caring for our son who was very ill. We found out that you don't have much time for ruminating when you are busy counting hours between asthma treatments, keeping track of medication dosages and reading thermometers.
I did take a few minutes this morning, though, to think briefly about last year. It was not an easy one for me personally. I spent many weeks of 2009 bed-ridden or home-bound due to health issues. I have not been able to care for my son on my own for several months now, and am not able to do much by way of housekeeping either.
However, it would be very untruthful for me to say that 2009 was a hard year.
Honestly, it was a year of great peace in my home. We have leaned hard on the Lord, and found Him infinitely faithful.
I have also felt His great peace personally in my heart and soul this year. God has been very real and close to me.
It must be said, however, that this year of peacefulness did not come about because we are very spiritual people.
It happened because we are very simple people.
- God said, "Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart." (Psalm 73:1)
So we believed that He was good.
- God said, "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man." (Psalm 118:8)
So we trusted Him.
- God said, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way." (Psalm 37:23)
So we followed Him.
- God said, "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." (I Peter 5:7)
So we did not worry over the future.
A peaceful life is simple: Just believe what God says about Himself.
What will God teach us about Himself in 2010?
I look forward to finding out. 🙂