2012. Here it is. There it goes.
My overly-excited neighbors have begun shooting off fireworks two hours early. With any luck, they’ll run out of firecracker by the time I need to go to bed.
2012 has been a lovely year for me. I’m almost sad to see it go.
This year took me to Croatia and back. This year saw one of my best friends get married to the man of her dreams. This year proved me wrong on all the right counts, and proved me right on all the right counts, too. This year brought The Hobbit, which was marvelous. This year taught me what love isn’t, which has proved to be very helpful information. I’ve had just the right ratio of goodbyes and hellos in 2012, and some of those hellos have the promise of even more hellos in the future.
Best of all, this year God showed Himself to be just as powerful as everyone always told me He was. He pulled me out of the muck and planted my feet on an unshakable Rock. He has made me stronger. He has made me more dedicated. He has polished off a few more of my rough edges. He deserves all the credit for making 2012 a marvelous year.
Outside of my little life-bubble, things are going crazy. There have been wars and rumors of wars; horrendous school shootings; laws passed that limit our freedoms; horrible natural disasters that slaughtered thousands. It’s hard to remember in times like these that there actually is a God in control of the world. But He is. He is in control. His plan is not plain—but if there’s one thing I know about His plan, it’s that it leads to a happy ending. I read through the Bible this year. I just finished reading the Book of Revelation today. Trust me—everything’s going to turn out okay for those who’ve followed Him faithfully.
2012 has been great. If nothing else, it brought us closer to that Happy Ending. And 2013 will bring us closer still.