2014 is coming to the finish line in the darkest of night; yet, a seamless new start line begins in that same darkness. From experiencing this staggering event for several decades, I’ve discovered that in the depths of any darkness that my guiding Light never leaves me nor forsakes me. This year of loss, challenges, and trials; I would have stumbled and fallen into a pity party pit if the Word of God wasn’t my shining light.
The challenges of arranging a lost one’s final resting place took me to a finish line I never expected to cross. It was a dark and stormy place. However, Psalm 119:105 held me up.
Working with electronics is an ongoing trial for me along with my lack of confidence in sharing my writings. This year, my desk top computer died unexpectedly, taking with it contact information, presentations, Christian Communicators materials, and so much more. When the darkness of frustration and insecurity began to take me down, I would take hold of James 1:2-4. This verse gave me strength to blow out the pity party candle that seemed to ignite itself when an uncomfortable ordeal needed to be worked through. The light of dawn began to swallow the darkness as I worked through overcoming technical tasks.
Leaning on the Lord through this year of difficulties has comforted me, grown me, and given me new assurance that I can cross a finish line and continue to move through a new starting line with ease. The light of the Lord within me comforts me, no matter if moving forward is in the darkest of times because His word walks me through it.
As I cross the finish line of 2014, I can quote Psalm 40:2-3 with joy and I hope you can too.
Nightfall is coming and so is 2015. I’m excited about the new illumination the Lord is going to take me through this coming year. Comfort is assured in knowing Christ is in control of all things.
Happy New Year,
May the lines put before you be crossed with the light of the Lord, the comfort of scripture, the love of God, and encouraged by the Holy Spirit.