Today is the first work day of 2010. While thinking about what we want 2010 to be not only for us personally but for our marriage and our businesses as well, trusting in God and His faithfulness came to the forefront of our conversations. We spent too much of 2009 relying on ourselves, our resourcefulness and our resources to give God much of a chance to work (although work He did work in our lives in and through others!). We did, by any definition, take the wheel way too many times and let the Lord take the wheel way too few times. 2010 promises to be, if we are able to hold fast to the ideals Cindy and I discussed, a year of renewal, a year of promises kept, a year of more trust in the Lord and an even greater commitment to serving Him above all.
Each morning I start out the day reading a devotional. If I mentioned the name of it many of you would recognize it. The title of today's daily devotional is "Our Constant Friend" and references 2 Timothy 4:16-18. The heading of that section of the passage (in the bible I read along with for my devotional time) is "The Lord is Faithful". As I thought about the times we have gone through trials in life, and I look back, I can see that indeed He is faithful and has always been with us through every circumstance. We have seen it many, many times throughout our lives. One of the most notable was when He preserved us from certain death when our car spun around 360 degrees in the middle of a busy highway outside of Indianapolis. When a strong wind hit the U-Haul trailer containing all our worldly possessions as we moved from Michigan to Arizona, and we lost control, we thought "we're goners". When it was all over, we recognized that He saved us because when we looked around (after the car came to a rest) there was not only no damage to the car or trailer but we did not impact anyone around us. In fact, once the car and trailer stopped, the highway was clear! None of the cars surrounding us when the spin began were even there! This was the most dramatic time that God rescued us, and it prepared us for growth in our faith we could not imagine back then. I could go on and on, but it would not further the point.
"At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen." 2 Tim 4:16-18, ESV © 2001 Crossway Bibles (find an ESV bible now), a division of Good News Publishers.
Just as Paul was rescued from the lion's mouth, we were rescued from death that August day in 1980, so that we could go on to do great things for God. Some of those things are behind us but we believe that way more of those things the Lord wants to accomplish are before us as we walk with Him daily. We want 2010 to be the beginning of even greater accomplishments for Christ - not in our strength, but in HIS power.
What great and wonderful things is God preparing for you to do in 2010?