Being in transition is hard. There are days where we cannot wait to be in Panama and then days when we savor the moments we have here. We all go through transition or times where the future seems so unclear. In the midst of those times it’s hard to see where God is or how he is working. That is the way I felt a year ago. Luckily, I journal often and can look back and reflect on these thoughts. Here is an excerpt from my journal from December 17,2015:
I cannot even see the horizon. It’s so foggy. Nothing seems to make sense right now. I don’t like this right now, but I think there is something on the other side. Although I literally have NO clue what that is…not even a hint. As crazy of a ride as this is, I do have peace. Peace because God is carrying me right now. I hope I can look back on these words in a year or so and see how he worked.
A year ago we were feeling God work in our lives but had no idea what the year in front of us would look like. Now, here we are,one year later and so much has happened and God has revealed incredible plans for us. During those hard times it feels like things will never change. Sometimes it takes a couple of days or weeks and other times God takes much longer to reveal his plan.
Whether we are in the midst of difficult times, making big life transitions or in the normal day to day routines of life a family verse we stick to is Jeremiah 29:11. This verse was read at our wedding and is hung in our living room where we see it everyday:
For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
If you would have told me at the beginning of this year how we would be ending the year I never would have believed you. Whether you are closing out 2016 with clear direction or if the future seems a foggy, know you are not alone and He has a plan. And if you don’t already, think about keeping a journal or at least writing down what you pray about. Being able to look back and see how He worked can be a great source of encouragement.