Do you ever remember thinking of a year that seemed far off in the future and imagining where you would be and what your life would be like?
For a long time 2013 has been that year for me. After all, its the year that I will finally finish my academic journey (or at least that's the plan :)), take the bar, and enter into a new chapter of adulthood that does not revolve around an exam season.
Yet 2013 has already brought surprises I never expected.
First of all, lets recognize the fact that I am writing this post from Minnesota.
Second important surprise = I just spent the past 8 days getting to know an incredible family, group of friends, and amazing man. None of whom I'd ever even heard of on January 1, 2012.
This year has not been easy. Nor has it always been happy. But it has been a year where God has opened and closed many doors and taught me much about following his direction and leaning on him when there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel.
And so I start this year feeling blessed.
Blessed for family - for the opportunity to grow closer to my siblings through the ups and downs of 2012, the blessing to watch 2 beautiful little girls grow and welcome a precious boy into the family, and times to learn from the wisdom of parents, siblings, and grandparents.
Blessed for friends - new friends and old, friends who teach you to listen, friends who are always present with a loving ear and encouraging word, and friends who challenge you to push harder and dig deeper.
Blessed for a church community - for brothers and sisters in Christ who remain supportive and encouraging through tough and difficult times, a community to grow and be challenged within, and the blessing of a community that exemplifies Christ's love for all.
Blessed for salvation - for the gift of grace and the comfort in knowing the painful goodbyes our family said this past August are only temporary.
Blessed for faith - faith in an almighty God and the knowledge that whatever political/economic/etc. journeys our country might take this next year, there is an all-powerful God who is the ultimate director and controller of the future and faith in him means that I have nothing to fear here on Earth.
So here's to 2013! A year that will hopefully be a time that draws each of us closer to God and teaches us to love deeper.