It’s the end of 2016. A new year is just hours away. What will it hold? What dreams will come true? What sorrows will be felt? What joys will be experienced? What new chapters will be written – or closed – in the story of life?
The future is uncertain.
But the past is not.
A New Year’s Eve tradition that I started a few years ago is to look back over the events of the past year and see how God has worked and is working. I pull out my journal(s) and start recording a month-by-month list. It is a special time for me to look back and see how the chapters of my story come together.
I might notice some things for the first time – hey, back in such-and-such month I had this desire born in me to do something, and then 8 months later I actually got to do it!
Or I might just remember different events – it was in such-and-such month that we experienced a tragedy, and God pulled us through; and it was in such-and-such month that I received an answer to prayer in a better way than I even could have imagined!
God told the Israelites many times to remember the events of their past – so it must be important! Let’s not forget how the Lord has worked for us and in us and through us. Let’s remember what He has done, and bless His name!
Remember the days of old,
Consider the years of many generations.
Ask your father, and he will show you;
Your elders, and they will tell you:
Deut. 32:7, NKJV
Remember the former things of old,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like Me,
Remember His marvelous works which He has done,
His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,
1 Chron. 16:12
As I look back over my life, I realize that “to tell you my story is to tell of Him.”
Maybe that can be your New Year’s Eve tradition too!