2013 is about over. What was your year like? What are you thankful for? How did God reveal His lovingkindness, grace, and goodness to you?
Often when we sing "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" at church, I think about how God is not only faithful in giving me what I need for every day life (and I don't deserve even that), but also those things that I need as He deems fit as He conforms me to the image of Christ Jesus His Son.
God's Sovereign hand rules and brings into our lives not only what we see as the "good" things (and yes they are good), but also the hardships and trials (the things we humanly might consider "bad").
Jas 1:2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
So going back to my earlier questions, I hope we who are in Christ, say with confidence, that even the hard things we faced this past year were, in the hands of our Sovereign King, good and needful. May we face the future of this coming year with the same heart, ever trusting in Him who rules the world, as He rules our lives, and may we experience His grace, mercy, and patience through the Holy Spirit's work in our lives as we bend our heads to His will.
This life is but a moment, but life with God is eternal.