How is it the middle of January already? It seems like just yesterday we were getting ready to ring in the New Year. Like many people at the start of a new year, I like to reflect over the previous one. For me, last year was filled with ups and downs, many new experiences and many lessons. I worked to get settled in a new city, a new culture, a new church.
My word for the 2018 was embrace. I chose this quote, “Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters of our lives won’t have a title until much later on.” Such a beautiful idea and yet really hard to put into practice. As I think back over the past year, I can see how each struggle I went through made me stronger. I can see how God worked through all of them and each trial made be better. Below are 3 of the lessons from this past year.
- Something I try hard to do but often fail in is trusting the process. When things seem hard and hopeless it can be difficult to stay the course. But trust is like a muscle that gets stronger with each use. And I’m learning to ask God to teach me through each circumstance instead of wishing to be through the pain.
- Last year, for the first time in a while, I experienced winter. In the midst of learning how to deal with months of constant rain, I was reminded how important winter is. How each season has a purpose and how each is needed. I am trying to embrace the rhythm of winter, the slowing and unhurried nature of it. I am finding when I lean into the quiet, it’s amazing to see the growth that can happen, even when things seem dead or dormant.
- For those of you who have moved, you know how friendships change with distance. This past year has been filled with trying to find ‘my people’. It can be hard and frustrating to find a new tribe. So over the past year I have worked hard to figure out where I belong and where I don’t. And to be at peace with both. To feel secure enough in my identity so I won’t feel the need to morph into anyone I’m not. And to be truly genuine and authentic.
2018 was one for the books. But with each struggle you grow stronger and with each trial you grow tougher.