I love Facebook Timehop: where pictures from the past show up.  I was scrolling through this morning and smiling at the good.  The vacations, the laughter, the holidays.  And even smiling at the bad.  I can smile now because I made it though.

January brings hope of new beginnings. Better choices.  Forgotten mistakes.  New chances.

But looking back can show us all that God’s done.  As I scrolled through Facebook Timehop today, I realized a few things that I hope to hold onto in 2018:

Seasons change, but God doesn’t.  When I was first married, we were broke.  Like spaghetti dinner every night and $10 left in the bank at the end of the week. 

And just as winter will turn to spring, my season of life changed.  But God doesn’t. 

While I’m grateful we can afford real food now, life still brings challenges.  Whether I am asking God to help with finances, relationships, job opportunities or a big move - He’s still listening.  Whether this season is good or bad – He’s still good.  And He still wants what’s best for me.

God knows what’s coming.  Ask Him and trust Him.  At the start of 2014, God told me it would be a year of healing.  I was excited and, since no one was sick, I thought this meant emotional healing.   Well, in May, my son almost died from a mysterious illness.  In July, I scratched my eye and then developed a staph infection – which required a painful eye surgery.  The doctors said I would lose vision in that eye.  And then In October, a semi-truck hit me and totaled my car. 

He promised healing before I even knew we’d need healing.

God keeps His promises.  Today my son is strong and growing taller every day.  My vision is completely restored.  And I walked away from that car accident.  He’s kept other promises too – we always had a roof over our head and food in our stomachs when we struggled financially.  He gave us jobs to support the family we wanted.  He even sent amazing friends to make life fun. 

God allows us to go through things for a reason.  God could have stopped the bad from happening.  He could have kept my son from getting sick.  Or me from getting a painful scratched eye or in that car accident.  He could have kept us from living paycheck to paycheck early in our marriage.  But going through all of that shaped me into completely trusting God.  If I never had to depend on God just to survive, for my kids to survive, then I wouldn’t truly understand how much I can fully depend on God. 

I don’t know what 2018 will bring.  Life is busy.  And blessed.  What I do know is that God is good.  Even in the bad seasons.  Even when I couldn’t see what He was doing, He was working everything together for good.  He keeps His promises.

God loves you.  He wants you to talk to him about 2018.  Ask Him for help.  For direction.  For doors to open or shut to help you clearly see where to go and what to do.  If you do, I’m betting you’ll look back at your own Timehop next year and say “wow.”

About the Author

kristenhodges

Kristen lives in Florida with her awesome husband and 3 energetic kids. She earned a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan and is a psychology professor at a local university. In her free time, she hangs out with family and friends, volunteers at her church and laughs as much as possible. She has a passion for Jesus, helping others and anything chocolate. Follow her on instagram @kristen_hodges_cg