2016 is finally signing off in a few hours. It is during this time when most of us look back on everything that happened including lessons learned and look forward to more goals to fulfill (hopefully). For me this means looking back at my journals slash photo album where I keep my daily musings and photos of some events or memorable situations I was in. 😊
In the past, I would usually cry during this time of the year. Probably because I hate goodbyes and feel daunted of new beginnings. But not anymore. Today, I am glad that 2016 is coming to a close.
This year has brought mourning in our family as we lost two dear people – an aunt and our grandfather. They passed away barely a month apart, leaving behind great memories and irreplaceable places in our hearts.
2016 has also made me watch people in my life leave, both for petty reasons and for having frenzied priorities, which I respect and accept. We can’t have everything, can we?
This year has also brought me into a chaos of anxiety. Questions like ‘Will I have to find another job?’ ‘What will happen to us?’ ‘What are my options’ ‘Why has anyone among the companies I applied for called me back?’ have bugged me and robbed me of peace and good appetite for quite a long time.
2016 likewise forced me to witness and deal with an ‘injustice’ right under my nose, at the expense of my back. It put my character into the fire a lot of times. And I will be honest, I failed many times.
My 2016 may seem pretty ugly (haha) but it actually taught me pretty amazing things. My loved ones’ death reminded me to make wise use of my time and to treat everyone I meet with respect & grace. I was taught to give my full trust and surrender to the Lord in times of uncertainty. Those questions I allowed to bug me for a long time? Those questions don’t matter anymore today, because my confidence now resides in the Lord. I know He will catch me whatever happens.
I also realized that an earthly ‘injustice’ does not automatically mean heavenly injustice. Meaning, I should never be bounded by the world’s definition of things. This realization also made me see the grace of this ‘injustice,’ that is to mold my character, purify my love and strengthen my endurance.
“Consider yourselves fortunate when you meet with every kind of trial, for you know that the testing of your faith makes you steadfast.” James 1: 2-3
On top of these precious lessons that 2016 taught me, I welcomed new things in my life as well. I was blessed with new friends, new places and new adventures.
This may not be the best year in review but I hope this makes you also look back with gratefulness and look forward to greater adventures ahead. 😉
P.S : Feel free to share your 2016 or blog link in the comments below! I want to read them!