This verse gives me expectations. The previous verse, Isaiah 43:18 says, “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.” I’ve been reflecting on the old of 2021. A lot of good came out of some bad in 2021 but I’m looking forward to seeing God in the new year. You too? It’s a good time for reflecting and expecting.
We began 2021 in a hotel in Columbus, in quarantine, because of my surgery on January 4. You can read about my cancer journey HERE.
As I reflect on that time, from diagnosis to today, I can honestly say I’m more thankful today than ever. Not for cancer, but for God being with me, John, and my doctors. He was there through friends reaching out to offer prayer and encouragement. I’m thankful for His strength to see me through. It was a hard journey, with many tears and fears. But praise God, I’m on the other side and full of Hope and healing.
As you reflect on hard times, do you sense God’s presence? I haven’t at times but only when I’m not looking for Him. It’s normal. It’s human nature. But the truth is, according to the Bible, God never leaves us or forsakes us. Hebrews 13:5
As I reflect on 2021, the good and the not so good, there were lessons learned in forgiveness, patience, loving others, spending time wisely, and eating better.
What’s next? Going forward, I reflect on closing this blog. Or writing more consistently and not closing it. I also reflect on moving to a warmer climate. (I do this every winter here). But for now, I’m blogging from Ohio. haha!
We just don’t know what’s next. Yes, we can plan but sometimes life changes overnight and we put our plans on hold. And no matter what, God promises to be with us. I’m living proof of His promise.
I’m expectant of what God has in store for us in 2022. Even if it’s bad news, He has a way of turning bad into good for His children. Let’s celebrate the new that is coming.