What a year!! It’s hard to believe that so many things could happen on one tiny island. An earthquake, hurricane, cholera, and political tensions, all of which drew the attention of the world. Yet as we think back over the year we stand amazed at the things that many in the world failed to see. The very hand of God!! It was visible in it all. Each new catastrophe allowed us to witness the attributes of our Father’s love, mercy and care in new ways. We are so grateful for the many things He has shown us this past year. We are thankful too for the hundreds of people who responded with compassion and generosity in ways above and beyond our expectations.
I think our greatest joy however, has been to see so many come to know Jesus Christ personally. And others are finding that He truly is the all-sufficient one. The storms of this life have caused many hearts to turn to God. And we are so grateful for allowing us to see Him at work in such miraculous ways. He has orchestrated each detail to bring about His will in the middle of so much pain and destruction.
Our son Kyrk finished teaching through the book of Job in his Sunday school class and we were reminded again about the bigger picture behind what we see happening around us. God is always there, protecting, calling, listening, giving direction, teaching, comforting, and working on our behalf to help us know Him more clearly. What an awesome God we serve!!
We have no idea what the next year will bring but we are firmly assured that what ever comes or doesn’t come, Our God is “in charge”. He will have His way and we are so glad we know that we belong to Him. “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:17-19. Pray that we will continue to be joyful and give praise as we meet the challenges of this coming year.