The Answered Prayer of 2014

At the beginning of this year I posted a hymn that would by my singular prayer appropriate to anchor me as I looked forward; “Guide me, O thou great Jehovah!” I was pretty anxious but also excited about the year that lay ahead and was eager to trust the Lord for wherever he was going to guide me. Little did I know what 2014 would hold.

Frankly, it was the most difficult year of my life, even beyond all my our family went through with mom's illness. The pressure, assaults, and trials of this last year leave me eager to be done with it. I feel no sorrow that 2014 is over. In fact, just the opposite. “Good riddance!” Yet that doesn’t mean that God hasn’t been faithful, and that he has not been wise in leading me in the way in which he did. It just wouldn’t have chosen the path I was taken on at all.

In His wisdom, I have seen the truths of this hymn unravel throughout the year. The Bread of Heaven has fed me and sustained me through the trials. The Strong Deliver has been my strength and shield. The defeater of death and hell has lead me safe so far.

If anything is true of 2014 it is that I have been safe in the Lord’s leading. He has guided me and done it for his glory, and my good. The truth of “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” is that is the one who will lead us through the valley of the shadow of death, so we have nothing to fear. He will guide, care, protect, and love all those who trust in him. Whatever may come from his sovereign hand, we can trust his wisdom. I will continue to robustly affirm and sing this song as a way of issuing “songs of praises” to the one who is so great and so kind. 

I do not look fondly back at 2014, but I see the evidence of a God who has safely guided me through the troubled waters. I'm praying for green pastures and still waters in 2015, but whatever the case ahead he will guide me well.