Every year, I step into the New Year bearing this on mind: This year would be the best year yet. And there I was. Around this time of the year last year, as I wrapped things up, I also carried this dearly on my mind.
Well, I was right. 2014 has been the best year yet.
But little did I know, God has different definition of best year. I only realize it as I am walking toward another year and trying to connect the dots.
2014 is a lot of things, but comfortable. It has been a year of growth, open doors, learning, and surely, love. It brings me from tears to laughter, and then to tears then laughter again in the twinkling of an eye. It has brought me to close some doors – no matter how hard it was. Yet it also brought me to some open doors – the doors that I didn’t know exist, the opportunities that I dreamed about but never imagined I could get it, the doors that God opens and no man can close.
With that kind of fluctuation, all I can see is God’s fingerprints all over my life. Without God’s blessings and providence, I didn’t know how my life would turn out. Without God’s lead directing my steps, I didn’t know where my life would end up. Without God’s love embracing me, I didn’t know how broken my soul would be. Without God’s hands opening doors for me, I would still be starring at the closed doors. And without God’s gentle whisper, I would not have the courage to step outside my comfort zone and embrace new adventure waiting for me.
The year of 2014 has not been the most comfortable year, but God knows how much I have learned – and by learning, it is enough to be the best year yet. If God asks me to redo the year (of 2014) all over again, I wouldn’t lie to you: I don’t want to do it. It was hard. Period. But if there is one thing I have learned most this year, it is that God is more interested to see my growth – more than to seek my own comfort.
And for you, too.
My hope to you is that you would also see 2014 as the best year of your life yet; and embrace the year to come, embracing every adventure and opportunity to come as the best year of your life yet.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!