2013. Gone. Done. Adios.
2013, you weren't my favorite year.
You weren't my least favorite year, no, that was 2007.
But, compared to more recent years past, there was a lot to live up to, and you just didn't make the mark.
So, I can't blame you 2013, I just wish you had stepped up your game.
There were incredible highlights, like that time I went to Hawaii with my parents and went snorkeling with my dad and a pod of wild dolphins jumped and spun along side our boat...
And then...AND THEN they joined us for a swim in Honolua Bay.
Hands down, no question, best moment of the year.
And in 2013, there were no new countries visited. No new states either. Most of the year was spent along the West Coast exploring.
NorCal, SoCal, CenCal - is CenCal a thing?
I adventured locally. Baked a lot. And spent a bit of time changing things around to make my house even more of a home.
I caught both sunrises and sunsets. Many, many sunsets.
Each one, reminding me not to worship the created, as incredible as it is, but the creator - who is more incredible than these mere samples of His glory.
As I reflect on 2013 here in these first days of 2014, and I begin my daily quiet times in the book of Genesis, I am reminded that as in creation, "God saw that it was good".
Despite 2013 not being a milestone year, one necessarily for any record books other than my own, God still saw that it was good.
I ended 2012 and began 2013 reminding myself that the Lord does not waste anything. He redeems it all, as he showed me at the end of 2011 and beginning of 2012, for His glory, and our good.
Funny how he has been stringing these pieces together. Sanctifying me each year, He is the one writing the story. Teaching me. Slowly.
And as I begin 2014, I don't know what the Lord holds in store. I don't know how next January's post will read. What lessons I will learn. But I know that it is in the hands of the Almighty God. All knowing. All powerful. Infinitely loving.
So on these crisp January days of 2014, where the trees are mere skeletons, and the ground is parched longing for rain that hasn't come, where the skies are hazy and smoggy, I need to cling to Jesus for 2014. I want to set my heart on things above. Because I long for belonging. I need to long for Him. And he has made me his own. I belong to Him. He loves me. He has chosen me. And I want to remember that all the days He has for me this year. I have been chosen by the Almighty God. And in the end, at the end of the day, the end of the year, the end of my days, that is all that matters.