A year ago, I wrote about our family tradition of putting stones in a jar to remind us of God’s faithfulness. ** This year more than ever, I found it helpful to look back and see how God had worked in my life. Because when I thought about the year as a whole, I’ve viewed it as a bad dark year that I was happy to be done with. However after I went back over it, I was amazed to remember all the ways God worked, including how He brought me through some difficult circumstances.
I was also glad that this year, I kept a running tab of things I was thankful for. A few times a week, I listed whatever came to mind and then pretty much went on my way. Looking back, I found many were commonplace [such as food items which figured more prominently than I would have thought–but then applewood cheddar cheese *is* something to thank God for.
But along with the more mundane things on the list,I was reminded of several significant things God had done–things that gotten buried away under months of dealing with loss and uncertainty. So here are some signs of God’s faithfulness that will be getting a stone in the jar:
- God’s arrangement and provision in the midst of difficult circumstances. I would have preferred not to have the hard times of course, but in going through them, there were some incredible ways God arranged people and events to bring support and encouragement.
- Being sustained by His word–there were passages of the Bible, especially the book of Acts, that seemed written exactly for my situation this year.
- The provision of a place for us to rest, perfectly situated on a lake with a view of the mountain [thank you D and C!]
- God meeting me during my six month prayer challenge**. I find it has radically transformed my view of prayer.
- Our own feeding of the 5,000 miracle. Actually it was 250 people at a wedding we hosted. We had planned for 150 people but somehow there was enough food for all who came.
The Stone Jar