Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Looking back

Tim and I, much like many others, have been reflecting on the year that has passed and wondering what 2014 will look like. I always find the beginning of a new year exciting, imagining the possibilities and not yet having painful challenges or heartbreaking disappointments. As I get older I also take pleasure in looking back. It's an opportunity to see God's work in our lives and be thankful for His blessings. It's also an opportunity to reflect on lessons that have been garnered through the experiences of the year, both positive and negative, that I can take with me into the next year and years ahead.

Unlike this blog which was quiet, 2013 was anything but. There was nothing about the year that I could have predicated. There were many highlights including our trip to Cambodia and the Philippines, meeting one of our sponsored children, lots of laughter with new friends and quality time spent with old friends. We've shared in the celebration of marriages, new babies and baptisms. We've seen God work in our lives and in the lives of those around us.

As I look back on the year I am overwhelmed  by God's provision for us - Jehovah Jireh - the Lord will provide. When we said yes to pursuing full time ministry God's provision was evident as we blessed with work and a home and a community of people who embraced us immediately as family. This year God's provision has been equally miraculous as we have walked through challenges and uncertainty. His provision for us has been far beyond anything that we might have imagined for ourselves.

One of the examples of this has been the developments that have taken place for me in my work. In a matter of 12 months I have moved from a temporary admin position, to a temporary learning position that allowed me to combine my skills in education with my passion for justice. There were some hard moments along the way when I applied for some permanent opportunities but was unsuccessful as well as some other challenges that made life a little uncertain.

I finally found the courage to resign from my teaching position in Victoria even though I still did not have a permanent role. I think God was waiting for me to let go of that role, because within about a week of doing that my manager handed me a letter which stated that my learning role was now permanent. We celebrated, I was totally stoked. I love my job and I love working for Compassion. I was satisfied but it turns out God wasn't quite finished. Shortly after being made permanent I was asked if I would be interested in temporarily taking on a management role during a period of transition within the team I work in. Only by God's hand is this even possible but that is what I am doing now. As of the start of the year I have stepped into this new role for six months. It's an opportunity that I could not have imagined.

This is just one of many examples of His provision last year. I do not know what the year ahead holds but I look forward in anticipation to seeing God work in powerful ways.

All honour, glory and praise to Him.