2015 brought me so many beautiful things. It brought me a husband, new friends, a new Bible study group, new growth, new maturity, and new wisdom. 2015 reignited my passion to teach on purity and marriage. It taught me to be selfless in my love and to compromise. It taught me the beauty and sanctity of marriage, a union and covenant before God. It was by far my best year up to date.
I was told in the summer of 2014 that I would marry my spouse in 2015. Although I found it hard to believe, boy did the Lord answer that prayer and desire! He fulfilled a long awaited promise. In 2016, I’m waiting on another promise given to me by God at a very young age. I’m going to watch God expand my territory through ministry. The word “waiting” comes to mind. Habakkuk 2:3 reminds me of this truth: “For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day.” The waiting is never in vain! It is often a time of preparation. The promises of God will not disappoint and are never behind on time.
If we reflect on King David’s life, we see a perfect example of this. There was a huge gap in time between David’s anointing and his appointing. Although he was called at a young age, there was a lengthy period of preparation before he was able to visibly walk in that calling. We often get discouraged when we see this in our own life. When God gives us a promise, we want it immediately. We want to walk in it NOW, but we forget the preparation that is needed for the promise. Rarely do we see a promise followed by immediate fulfillment. Consider Abraham who waited to become the father of many nations. There were times when he even had to lay all hopes of the promise down, like when God called him to sacrifice Isaac, seemingly giving up the very means by which the promise would be fulfilled. God saw Abraham’s obedience and provided another sacrifice. What beauty in Abraham’s obedience, however! Would we do the same? I often panic when I think I saw the means by which God would fulfill my promise and then it was stripped away. The truth is that we cannot comprehend God’s ways. We try so hard to figure out how He will bring our promises about that we try to figure them into each and every situation, instead of trusting Him to do the work. What if we had the faith to believe in God’s promises without limiting Him with our limited understanding? What if we trusted that He is good and is sovereign and that He’s going to answer His promises in His way and in His timing?
My 2016 New Years Resolution is to fall deeper in love with my Savior and to watch in faith as He continues to make a way for the fulfillment of His promises. My heart is to “Preach the word. [To] be urgent IN season and OUT of season,” as 2 Timothy 4:2 reminds me. I know that “My life is worth nothing unless I use it to finish what God has assigned me… the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God” (Acts 20:24).