But the centurion . . . commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea and get to land: And the rest, some on boards, and some, on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land. (Acts 27:43-44)
What a trip!! We traveled through contrary winds, hurricanes, storms and tornadoes. We maneuvered political upheaval, a rocky economy, troubles, trials and tragedies. We came over hills of confusion, mountains of fear, came running, walking and shedding tears, with songs in our hearts and prayers in our souls we came. Yes, that’s how we made it to 2013.
Admittedly, sometimes, life’s voyage was rough and rocky. We lost sight of the sun and stars and the ability to navigate our way. But God was faithful and true to His Word to never leave or to forsake us.
The Apostle Paul weathered many storms, and discovered some storms are worse than others and despite a relationship with the Lord, it is possible to lose hope. Frightened and frustrated, we grab hold of any means available, for self-preservation and sanity. Despite contrary winds, the play of the elements, and poor helps, we have arrived at 2013. We have reached another year at last, though hardly in the way we imagined.
But my questions to you and to me are: Now that we’ve made it safely to 2013, what will we do with the Gift of another year? What did we learn from 2012—about ourselves and more importantly about the God of the Gift of life?
2012 taught me that God is a mighty good Captain and while I suffered many losses, I survived many “Almosts” — almost giving up, almost “losing my mind,” almost “turning back” and almost “throwing in the towel.” Just in time (like the Prodigal Son), I came to myself and remembered God’s promises, rested in His Words of hope, and found comforting peace in His presence.
2013 finds me eternally grateful for another day above ground. Although many I dearly love are no longer here to share this time with me, I believe I am here for reasons known only to my “first love” – the One who knew me from my mother’s womb. I have placed Him at the helm of my heart and my life and I am determined, no matter the circumstances, to unreservedly trust Him. Because this one thing I know, and know that I know — come what may — God will take care of you!!
Prayer for 2013: Father, we humbly ask that you will watch over us as we navigate life’s stormy seas. We pray that you would draw us nearer as we reach for you in all our ways, for the rest of our days. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen