You know that day before a major change? Hopefully, some reflection takes place prior to that day. The good times. The hard times. And the summary of it all.
I am there right now. Tomorrow is my last day in New York City. The Lord is allowing me to choose a different place, a different city, and a different adventure. And as I reflect upon this past year, I recall sweet memories, strict lessons, and blessings to carry with me.
Are you in the midst of a transition? This could mean a variety of things: changing jobs, changing cities, changing churches--you name it. When you reflect upon the past, what lessons stand out to you? What specific memories warm your soul and make you smile?
The first thing I think of is my 2012 New Years' Verse:
"You will keep in perfect peace, him whose mind is stayed on You, for he trusts in You." (Is. 26:3)
When reflecting, consider these aspects as guides to your "lessons learned". I added some personal thoughts to each one:
ONE: What were some of the ways God came through for me? From immediate job provision, to being my only Friend during the loneliest hours, to rescuing me from compromising situations--God came through. Always.
TWO: What were some of the warmest memories? I think of my relationships here. Getting caught in the warm rain. Taking in the breeze. Having adventures that one could really only have in this place. Reconciling. Nurturing. Dreaming.
THREE: What did God teach me about myself? My number one priority is to worship Him, whether I feel like it or not. Community means the world to me, and I crave it. I really struggle with control and letting go, but there is grace for that. I have multi-faceted visions. I must operate from my deeply held values, from my faith. I am weak--but in God, I am strong. My fragility, my deep need for His strength, is a gift.
FOUR: What did God teach me about Himself? The list is exhaustive. He is good. All the time. He is gentle, yet firm. He is deserving of my attention and praise. He is the giver of life. He gives and takes away. He intends to refine me, not just make me happy. He loves every single person I come into contact with--and wants me to love them, too. He is the center, the point, the beginning and the end. His Kingdom comes first.
And for fun, I just thought I'd share a few photo memories from this year:
Mom's trip happened.
Astoria Park happened.
Impromptu costuming happened.
The Brooklyn Bridge happened.
Adventures with my friend of ten years happened.
Rooftop barbecues happened.
A photo shoot happened.
These girls happened. The best part.
What lessons are you taking away from the past year? What has God taught you?