2020, what a year it has been…



 
This year, we have all been affected in one manner or the other. Some of us lost dear ones, others lost their jobs, and others saw their plans and hopes for the year fall through. But one thing is for sure, this year has also taught us many lessons. I wanted to share with you all two lessons that I have learned this year.
 
1.     Whatever seems to be your plans, God is and will always be in control of everything.
This year, many of us had made plans. We had prepared and planned extensively things we wanted to accomplish. Unfortunately, the pandemic made those very plans improbable if not impossible. With the pandemic, it felt like time, in addition to activities and everyday life had come to a screeching halt; we were left with nothing but uncertainty. During this period, several questions raced through my mind, such as:
·       When will this pandemic and virus end? Why is this happening?
·       Why has God allowed for this to happen? Was this a conspiracy theory?
·       Are we going to survive?
 
And quite honestly, I am still struggling to find answers to all these questions. One thing I had to remind myself is that, regardless of my plans or how much I had prepared myself, only one person ultimately decided the time and circumstances, and that’s God. The lesson that came from that realization was that all my plans, big or small, I had to make sure to consult God. I had to make sure that I do not advance forward unless I get his approval. I had to make sure that I do not force anything if he has not guided me in that direction. Our futures may be uncertain to us, but it is not uncertain to God. That is why we should always attach ourselves to him. In his words, he guarantees us his faithfulness and good things to follow us. The plans and promises of God, unlike ours, never falls through.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

2. Learning how to find our true selves through him
 
This year, more than ever, I have been cut off physically from the world. We were asked this year to quarantine, practice social distancing, and avoid public events. Work, school, church, in addition to many other things were conducted virtually.
 
It is true that the bible says in Matthew 18:20 that, “For where two or three gathers in my name, there am I with them.” This year, that possibility was not afforded to us, it was challenging to gather with two or three, because of the restrictions we had in place. I started gaining a new understanding of the numerical and allegorical sense of two or three gathered in his name. In the bible, as it is often laid out for us in the doctrine of the trinity, we see God as the father, the son and the holy spirit, and all indications show that the three beings are actually a single entity. And it became more and more evident to my understanding that the gathering of two or three might just be “me, myself and I.” And as otherworldly as this idea may sound, I saw through signs that this relationship allowed me to come in the presence of God as my whole and explore my identity in him. This arrangement allowed me to also close my ears to noise that do not contribute to my growth, and to only concentrate on the voice of God. By doing this exercise, we learn that you do not have to be encircled by the church to be in the presence of God. We each need to develop a personal relationship with God to better be able to experience his presence. This type of circular relationship with God prevent others from dictating or defining our relationship with him. You do not need a big audience. You have an audience of one, focus on HIM.

Finally, get closer to God, because he is faithful. The grace of God is much bigger than our problems. He has great plans for our lives, much greater than we could personally imagine. Whatever seems to be your situation, remind yourself that the simple act of kneeling and praying will give you victory over the greatest of obstacles. When you are weakened, lift your voice, and tell him, “My lord, I trust you!”
 
We are finishing this year with many reflections and lessons, which would help guide us through 2021. With all that we’ve learned, perhaps more important than anything, it needs to be underlined to always put God first.

We thank God for his provision, protection and grace all throughout this year.

I leave you with a prayer:
Romans 15:13
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”





 

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