August 2, 2010 – We packed our van and left Akron, Ohio to come back home to Maryland.
August 2, 2011 – Jason’s first day as Pastor of evangelism and outreach for Sovereign Grace Church of New Jersey .
When I consider the time between those dates, one theme emerges against the black backdrop of a very painful season of our lives: God is a faithful Father. I could never wander too far, sink too deep, run too fast that the faithful hand of God didn’t restrain, rescue, and restore me over and over again. I think about the image of the horse led by bit and bridle. I have felt like that horse stubbornly heading down the path of unbelief and even bitterness, but that is the wrong image. I am a child (sometimes throwing temper tantrums because God wasn’t doing things my way) and yes, I have experienced discipline, but more than that I have experienced being drawn not by bit and bridle, but by the tender hand of a loving Father.
How can this be? How is it that the Maker of heaven and earth, the One who holds the oceans in the palm of His hand would see me in my struggles and sin and reach down that very hand and rescue and restore me? I know it is only through Jesus. I experience what I have seen of Jesus in His Word. He loves the harlot, the tax collector, the thief. He heals the broken, the leprous, the blind. He feeds the hungry. He responds to desperation. He has mercy on the sinner. And like never before, I see myself in these stories. But like never before, I see Jesus like He is in these stories. What a precious gift this year has been for such a revelation of His love and faithfulness. I can honestly say I am grateful for this, the best worst year. And I look forward to what lies ahead knowing that though the circumstances of my life will be different, the story of my life will be the same: God is faithful.
What has been the theme of your year? What has God revealed to you about His character this year?