What Now, 2016?

In the spring this year I asked my grandma to be my mentor. After having left the road I missed my accountability partners that poured into me, prayed for me, and would give me wisdom in times of need. My grandma does all of this, and more than I could hope for. As soon as I had asked her she said yes. She then went out to the store and purchased a new copy of the One Year Bible for me to read. Without a doubt, it will take me more than a year to finish, yet for now I read what I can without getting overwhelmed.

At this point, I have landed on the book of Job. Of course this just happens to be the book I’m going through as 2016 comes to a close. I enjoy knowing that God uses any part of scripture to speak to me, but I also love how coincidence is just an excuse people use to subtract God.

Many people on social media have gathered 2016 to be one of the worst yet. Seeing the year come to a close brings a new type of hope for the next. As I have been reading, most are hoping that 2017 will bear more fruit and less “bad things.” Yet the reality is that 2017 could be anything but better. Common knowledge, yet that doesn’t stop anyone from putting all their eggs in the 2017 basket.

If anything can be said about unwanted situations I believe Job put it best when he said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!”

Job 1:21 (NLT)

Sure, Marina- anyone can pull out a Bible verse and say that when I lost my job this year I should just “Praise the name of the Lord!” as if I could retain Job’s attitude and faithfulness.

No, no- that’s not what this is about. Ok, maybe a little bit because it’s still the Word of God. Tell me something though: When was the last time you stopped praying for bad things to go away and you just praised the name of the Lord?

There are some parts of life you just can’t change, but you can ask God to change your heart. Throughout this year I had moments (OK, weeks) where I did not want to ask for the help my heart needed. Yet I knew if I let Christ put me in my place these hard, very unwanted situations would look different. Not because everything would be “right” again, but because I would be surrendered to Christ and receive whatever He gives me.

In no way have I known the kind of pain that Job endured, and yet I know that he must have had the faith of a mustard seed. If God is allowing hardships in my life, He just sees the potential for my faith to grow.

With that, thank you 2016.

Here’s to more opportunities for heartache, laughter, unexpected adventures, and much more.