I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. (Ps. 77:11)
Expanded Passage: Psalm 77
I was excited about 2022. It was the year I turned forty, and I had many plans for how the year would go. I would start a master’s program and take on new responsibilities at work. I knew it would be a great year. Things went well until summer, when I was met with anxiety and depression like I have never experienced before, like something within me broke. Then, my dad’s health rapidly declined, and he passed away. I remember telling someone that 2022 was the hardest year of my life. The year I had been excitedly anticipating had let me down big time.
Looking back, I see that I learned a lot in 2022, but what I see the most, truthfully, is the goodness of God. He sustained me in the darkness. When I felt like I was in exile, he led me to a land of hope and peace.
I’m still on the journey, and some days are still difficult, but 2022 was a year to remember; not because it was all I hoped it would be, but because I will always be able to look back and remember the Lord’s faithfulness. And somehow, that’s far better.
The psalmist reminds us to remember, because when we remember we are met with hope that will sustain us through whatever we face in this life.
Make a list of God’s good deeds and miracles in your life.
Deborah Rhodes is colead pastor of Parkside Church in Greenville, S.C. She is passionate about studying and teaching God’s Word.
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