Instead, I would like to talk about 2013. There's nothing like the beginning of a new year for a fresh start. Already, before the year even gets a good start, there are changes coming for my family. Changes that we didn't plan on and things that we aren't prepared for. Situations that will require us to trust in God more completely than we ever have.
The day after Christmas, our family received some news concerning my dad's place of employment that was pretty devastating. His company will be closing permanently this Friday. After 20 years of employment at the same place, with the same people, he will be without a job, without health insurance, without a vehicle and cell phone, as these were provided for him by the company. It was heartbreaking news, to say the least.
Sometimes, friends, it is hard to put your complete trust in God. It is our human nature to want to control situations; to want to "fix" things. It is especially hard when we can't immediately see His plan. But that's what faith is all about, isn't it?
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)
Faith is confidence and assurance about what we do not or can not see. Faith gives us hope and proves to us that everything will be ok, even though we can not see the resolution right now.
I don't know what the future holds for my parents or our family. But I do know the One who holds the future. I know the power in prayer because I have felt it and seen it work so many times. I ask you, friends, to pray with us for faith to trust in God, even when we can't see what the plan is.
2013 is going to be a great year. I know it, because I know Him and with Him, all things are possible.