BETTER

“I hope 2013 is even better.”

I wrote this Dec 31, 2012 as a last sentence to the summary of how wonderful my 2012 was. When this popped up as my Facebook memory I laughed a little. Why? Because what I expected to be better year in 2013 turned into a series of headaches, diagnosis of a brain tumor, loss of an uncle, feelings of rejection and loneliness, and continued health problems. Yet that was one of the best years of my life. Why? Because it was that year that I truly began a journey of understanding WHO held me, WHO loved me, and WHO knew every detail of life even before they became details. I laughed at it because when I thought better would consist of better grades, better friendships, better (fill in the blank) is was not even close but without a shadow of a doubt BETTER is what I got. I got a better understanding of the Lord. I got a better understanding of trust in Him. I got a better relationship with Him which in turn showed me the better relationships I had, would be blessed with, and still have.

See my understanding of “better” was so limited but thanks to the Lord for graciously allowing opportunities to cling to Him through crazy and confusing seasons of life I get to have a little bigger perspective (not by any means the perspective I should have) on what better actually is. Better is knowing HIM.

2013 would lead to 2014 being a year of healing, transition, wrestling with want vs. the Lord’s will, a little confusion, continued health and dependence on the Lord. It was BETTER because Christ is enough and patient.

2014 lead to 2015 a year of exciting adventures, living dreams, seeing the Lord’s promises come to be a tangible reality, pushing forward, letting go of what lies behind, learning through experience, trusting, hurting, crying, over joyed excitement, watching the Lord provide, and more growth. It was BETTER because Christ is satisfying, knows the desires of our hearts, does not always give us what we want but gives us what we need that will glorify Him most and benefit those around us. He meets us where we are but loves us too much to leave us there.

2015 has led to 2016. HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2016 will probably be filled with adventure, heartache, tears, laughs, joys, transitions, answered prays, growth, new desires, new lessons, new stories, and whatever else 2016 can bring. It will be BETTER because Christ is on the throne.

In 364 days 2016, Lord willing, will lead to 2017 and by golly I cannot wait to write down what was better about 2016. The Lord is faithful!

SOLI DEO GLORIA,

Leah Kate King

Grander earth has quaked before
Moved by the sound of His voice
Seas that are shaken and stirred
Can be calmed and broken for my regard

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
It is well with me

Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can’t see

And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well

So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name [repeat last line during 3rd run]
It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well it is well with my soul
Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You Lord
Through it all, through it all
It is well with me.

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