Around the beginning of this year, I had a feeling that 2006 would be “the year,” so to speak. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but it’s as if there are a lot of things ready to finally bloom or unfold in both my life and the family’s as a whole. Maybe a good way to explain it would be that it felt like 2006 would be a turning point, starting point, or defining moment in regards to different things.
Already, 2006 has been an incredible year. We’re not even halfway through it, and so much has happened. God has taught me so much in so many different areas. I think I’ve grown up a bit in the past few months, and I think God has been working on me and is slowly revealing things to me and refining things in me.
On top of everything else, 2006 has been so much fun. Dad made the remark the other day that “It doesn’t get any better than this.” He was referring to the family’s situation, things like how we’re all still together, we have time to spend with each other, we’re able to watch as the chubs grow up, and soon we’ll be at the point where different ones of us are ready to get married and start families of our own.
Lately, I’ve just been overwhelmed by God’s goodness. Again, I wonder, “Why me, God?” There are so many things that cause me to be incredibly thankful. Everyday things, like the fact that our family is still together, that everybody is healthy, that we have a beautiful piece of property, that our jobs enable us to have flexible schedules and spend time with each other, that I’m able to play softball with seven of my brothers and Dad. It’s just… wow. God is so good. What more could I ask for? Could it get any better than this?
As I said before, the first several months of 2006 have been very special, for a number of reasons. And, to be honest, it seems like the rest of the year is going to be very exciting — likely even more so than January through June. There are a few things that have popped up lately that have the potential to make this year really interesting.
1 Corinthians 2:9
However, as it is written:
“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him.
I’m really excited to see what God has in store.