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One Year Later

Posted by jon on February 29, 2012 in not so deep thoughts |

It has been a full year since the last time I posted on my blog. A lot has happened in the Coder house in the past year, and I am thankful for it. I was struck today as I wrote this post and prepared my lesson for AMP tonight that we often fail to look back at how God has specifically worked in our lives.

Tonight we looked at the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 18. It is a favorite of mine. Elijah verses the prophets of Baal. We see an example of an amazing acting of God, done right in front of the people of Israel. Elijah asks God to act and God immediately sends fire to consume the sacrifice, the water and even the alter itself. Elijah saw God work, and saw God work in the lives of the people. But in the very next chapter we find him hiding in a hole because the rulers wanted to kill him. He had completely forgotten that he served a God who could act beyond Elijah’s limitation.

So, as I reflect on the past year I am reminded of, and sometimes startled by, the grace of God shown to my family. It has not been a daily dance in the flowers, but looking back it is easy to see the hand of God at work constantly guiding us through, bringing us together as a family and drawing us closer to God. We have weathered sickness and physical strain, dealt with financial burdens, I even released a CD (which is currently available on itunes or at www.ampstudents.org/store), we’ve fought and laughed, and most importantly welcomed in a new member to the family.

Over the summer we were blessed with the addition of Little Jon, and there was an instant sense that our family is complete. One boy, one girl and a dog (and a fish, but they don’t count), yep, we are blessed indeed.

But too often I find myself like Elijah. Elijah feared those who opposed God even after God had demonstrated His ability and faithfulness to overcome. Likewise, I forget about all the blessings and grace God has shown and instead focus on the same old fears and shortcomings that God defeated ages ago. Look back over the past year and you will be amazed how you see God working. Where there was once chaos and calamity I think you will see where God navigated you through to get you to where you are today. And if as you read this you are in the midst of chaotic times, know that we serve a God who is still in the business of delivering His people. As I look back over a year of my life I feel that I can say with a new perspective, God is Everywhere.

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