Oh the moans and groans of the trials and tribulations of 2020! Yeah, it has been a bummer. And for us bloggers, we even have to add a “new editor” to our list of gripes! Face Book pulled up a “groaner” for me from 2013. That was the year of the heart attack/aorta dissection – my near-death experience. Having lived through that year I took another look backward and found lots to be thankful for.
That FB post:
2013 – A THROW AWAY YEAR? Off the top of my head I could say I would be better off without 2013. This rough year has taken its toll spiritually, financially, socially, emotionally, even intellectually. Hold it! Now would I really pass up the year entirely? I remind myself nothing happens to God’s kids (I am one) that is not for the benefit of that kid and God’s kingdom! So how am I ahead – even if somewhat battered from the experience? First, in all the wonderful healings God has done for me, this is the first year he took over the situation and proved himself faithful even when I could do nothing, even when I had no ability to even trust him. His faithfulness went beyond any faith I had, it went beyond my stubbornness, it went beyond even my ability to call on him. Second, it reinforced my need for others to help me and a greater appreciation for the called out saints of God. I’m more open to an understanding of the body of Christ. Thanks to all of you friends and relatives who called to Jesus when I could not do so. Thanks to all of the knowledgeable brains and caring hands that worked for my continued existence. Thanks for the compassionate workers who made right decisions for me. Thanks to the taxpayers who are putting money in the pot that kept away dreadful financial hardship. Thanks to a faithful God who takes note of our faith and trust and proves himself faithful even when we are not able to pay back in any way. Thank you, Jesus, for the year!
So compared to that year, 2020 was not so bad. If I really looked for it, I might find things for which to thank God, even for 2020.
- I lived through it. And so did my immediate family.
- Some close to me died from covid – but most lived through it.
- I still have close church connections even though a lot of contact is broken.
- I have more blogging friends than ever.
- I am still living independently but a few more aids.
- I drive safely and have a car for doing so. And gas is cheap.
- Government is broken but we need to look to God, rather than Big Gov.
- I pay a bit less tax and get a bit more money.
- I sleep well at night, or have the freedom to make it up during the day.
- God has not changed.