I’ll go out on a limb and guess that, like most people, you experienced a mixture of emotional and spiritual experiences in 2009. Maybe some of you had a truly good year or an utterly awful one; but my 2009 contained elements of both.
It was a roller-coaster year for my family. I won’t go into the gritty details, but at times it seemed that every piece of good news was almost immediately followed up by a corresponding piece of bad news, as if to maintain some kind of cosmic balance between joy and grief. Everytime bad news stretched out too long, a happy development arrived to lift my spirits, and vice versa.
All in all, it was an “OK” year. But I learned something this year that I had known intellectually before but never experienced in my day-to-day life: I learned that God is the same no matter what my circumstances.
God was there when I happily came to Him with thanks for something good in my life. And he was still there a week later when I came to Him with tears in my eyes over the bad news. I’ve worshiped God in good times and in sad times in the past; but the constant see-saw between joy and grief this year made God’s unchanging faithfulness clear to me in a new way. I could not count on myself, because I could not predict how I would respond to each new experience. But as the year plodded along, I drew comfort in the fact that the same unchanging God would be there for me no matter what I was feeling or what was happening.
What did you learn about God in 2009? Is your faith today different than it was at this time a year ago?