It’s interesting, as I’ve been reflecting over this past year… on what’s been both hard and good… I realized that the most difficult times were also the times that brought me the most joy!
Here are a few of them:
1. Enduring pregnancy, labor, and postpartum was the hardest thing I’ve ever done but at the same time, carrying a child and bringing him into the world was the most empowering and magical experience I’ve ever had.
2. Being parents for the first time has completely disrupted our life as we knew it. But holding him in my arms, looking into his eyes, and being able to provide and care for him is a joy that I have never known before.
3. Being forced to stay home for months has tested my patience but has also given me a newfound love for homemaking and quality family time.
It’s been a weird year for sure and even weirder emotionally with becoming a mom for the first time. Some days it has literally felt like I’ve been standing on my head living life upside down (can any other moms relate?)!!
Still, in all the changes that this year brought, this verse has stayed with me:
“See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19
For most of us, this year has been a wilderness and a wasteland. But his word tells us, He makes a WAY in the wilderness and STREAMS in the wasteland. His promises are faithful. In all hard times, God is working to provide… Do we have the eyes to perceive it?
I think it’s so cool that God can do this- that He can take the most challenging times and bring such good simultaneously.
In this weird year where I was pulled and stretched in ways I’ve never been before, I also experienced great joy and immense personal growth.
This is only something God can do– this how our God works!