Five years ago, if you had asked me how I’ve seen God work in my life, I’d have no clue as to what you meant. In fact, I probably would have though you as crazy to ask me such a question. Thankfully, the Lord has taught me a lot since then, of which I am very thankful. No, it hasn’t always been easy, but without all these trials, I don’t think I’d be where I am today (spiritually speaking).
2017: The year started out (what seemed) bad. On January 2, my grandma was sick. At my eleven years of age, I didn’t realize how sick she was. Lacey and I stayed at our cousin’s house that day while our mom went to see our grandma. (Hint #1: when your mom doesn’t take you to the place you go almost every week, there’s something wrong.) Later that week, we went to our grandmother’s house. Little did I know that would be the first, the last, and the only time that year I’d see her on earth.
That Friday, we were at Walmart when my uncle called. We left immediately and my mom called my dad’s sister to come babysit us. When my dad got home later, we found out our grandma was taken to the hospital. To make matters worse, that Saturday our dad was sick and we missed church. Two days later, my mom came home and told us our grandma was dying.
This was one of the best/worst memories of my life. But you know what? Sometimes it’s the worse things that bring you closer to Christ. And technically, it wasn’t bad because, while I don’t have my grandma here on earth, I know I shall see her one day in heaven.
Even though 2017 started out “bad”, it got better! That May (my FAVORITE month), we got to go on vacation. (We hadn’t gone on vacation since ’13, and this is our most recent vacation.) This was not just any vacation, though, this was to the beach! Us girls had never been to the beach until then. The way God made a way for us to go–it was a way only He could work out.
2018: January of 2018, my dad’s boss tried to fire him. When that didn’t work, he cut his hours to 30-something hours a week. Daddy got a new job at Toyota on Jan. 31, but the work was too hard on his hands (to this day, his hands still have a few problems). On March 24, he got a new job at a construction place.
We also moved in the middle on 2018. We sold our house faster than we could find one. Somehow, we ended up getting this house, the one we’re currently living. No one like this house, and no one knows why we bought it.
Two weeks before Christmas, my dad got laid off. Even during those hard time, God still provided. We all learned a lot that month. We never went hungry, all the bills somehow got paid, no one got hurt even though we didn’t have insurance, and, miraculously, Lacey and I were able to continue piano lessons.
2019: My dad was still laid off. He got a job at the end of January. And he still has the same job to this day. (Random sidenote: my journal doesn’t have much to say because I was pretending it was my blog….LOL) In February, I started my blog (on blogger).
2020: The year of ultimate trust. I think you all know why. If I had been in charge of the world, we wouldn’t have had COVID or lockdown. I grew more spiritually in 2020. 2020 taught me a lot of things–trust, contentment, gratitude, to name a few…
I’m very thankful COVID hasn’t bothered us or our church, and that we haven’t gone in lockdown again since then.
2021: The year just started, but so much has happened already–a family at church had a baby, another family at church had a loved one die, I started this (new) blog, and one of my closest friends now lives across the ocean. Only God knows what this year will hold, and even when it’s hard, I’m going to trust in Him. He’s seen our family through all of these trials, and I know He’ll see us through whatever else is to come. He’s been with us even during the hardest trials.
The day I’m writing this (Feb. 5) marks my 15th year in the US. I’m very thankful God pulled me out of one of the worse countries for Christianity and brought me to the US. Otherwise, I may have never learned of the Gospel.
If you’ve never kept a diary, I suggest you start now! I wouldn’t have remembered all of this had I not wrote most of it down in my diary. Not to mention, you can really see how the Lord’s worked in your life when you look back at in in the future (Lord-willing).