It was an interesting year. A roller-coaster year. A year in which our family have experienced God’s grace and love in a very special way…with many lessons learnt.
The trouble the Holy Spirit went to while meeting me alone on the farm. Encouraging me from the book of Ezra to persevere and not give up. Guiding me to appoint an astute person in the New Year to help us in our company and lighten the load senior management is carrying.
Reminding me 3 days later that I should persevere even if the journey feels too hard or too slow by sending 3 tortoises across my path – one small, one medium size and one large – and then reading in my quiet time the day after that “…the voice of the turtle will be heard in our land” (Song of Solomon 2:12b). And then, after searching for 12 years, I finally saw the neighbours 2 rhino’s. Years of perseverance finally payed off – the only think I had to do was NOT give up.
The number of friends around me that are seriously ill feels like they are increasing more and more. Never have I spent so much time praying for the sick and begging Him for their healing. And Jesus answered “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9)
And I begin to understand that great character is made not through luxurious living but through suffering (Streams in the Desert Des 2)…and walking uprightly in the process and to persevere in integrity, no matter what! We may be thought fools by fools if we are firm in our integrity; but in the place where judgement is infallible we shall be approved. (Spurgeon)
Come my friend, let us persevere and walk uprightly into the New Year, not giving up, but looking up with our eyes fixed on our Saviour, Jesus Christ our King, who’s ear is not too deaf to hear, nor his arm too short to help, while making the impossible, possible.
Thank you for journeying with me the past year. Thank you for your encouragement and comments on my blog and by mail – it is much appreciated.
May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you over this Christmas period and throughout 2019 – while we remember that His grace is sufficient for you and me.