What better way to start of An Awestruck 2016, than to think of what God has done since this time last year. See, last year I was firm as concrete that I would stay "a week or so" longer at home, in order to do a short stint in recovery and go back to school. That was my plan. Two weeks turned into about ten weeks and I'm grateful to God that His plan is sovereign. (RELATED: NEDA Awareness Post #4: Recovery Takes a While)
That was what I needed. I needed nourished in my body and in my soul. I needed help. I needed constant love and support, encouragement to keep pressing on. Essentially, I needed to learn how to live again, and that doesn't coincide very well with the demanding schedule of a college student. So I returned to Butler, only to pack up my room and retrieve my belongings. And I was filled with such shame. (RELATED: Tear the Walls Down and Start Planting)
But here's the thing: The Lord works in all circumstances, and I already see this past year as the most rewarding year of my life, even though I don't believe the harvest period has even come yet. In that humble place, I learned to be desperate-- and that is one of the most crucial lessons mankind can learn. For when we are truly desperate, we learn what we need and what is frivolous; and in our desperation we find what matters. I already knew God was the most important in my life, but I wasn't awestruck with Him. I was just holding on for dear life.
It's crazy what a year can do, and at the same time it's not. I know how much hard work has gone into this year-- both by myself and all those who've supported me. But my hard work pales in comparison to the tsunami of God that has washed over the old Hannah. He has worked His way into the bitterness and fear, the control and anxiety. Forgiveness comes easier, panic attacks are lesser and I am more flexible with my life and my activity level.
And it's all because of the Lord.
It's a testimony to His goodness, and not my own. His plan is sovereign and the more He opens my eyes to what He is doing, the more I am in awe of the grace and love that pursue me. Praise God! (RELATED: When God Gives you $20 and You Complain)
This next semester of school is a brand new adventure, one I wasn't able to embark on last year. So I eagerly anticipate the joys and stresses that await me these next few months. I'm ready to be even more awestruck by my God.
I know that as I lean in closer to Him, He will become clearer. Those chains of the past will become remnants of a girl I knew long ago. The same can be true for you today, and I pray that our hearts will draw nearer to the Lord this year as we embark on our 2016 adventure together.