September 17 one year ago was a day in my life that brought to a head over 8 months of adversity. I never would have guessed on that day that I would be where I am today. But as important and wonderful as our destination has been, the blessings really have come more in the journey. I think we often focus on the destination while God is just as interested in the journey that gets us to that point. Looking back today at the journey over the past year, I find myself very thankful for the following blessings from the journey:
I am thankful for my wife and kids - the journey brought us even closer as a family!
I am thankful for friends who walked with us day by day through the journey!
I am thankful for ministry mentors who gave me great encouragement and counsel through the journey!
I am thankful for individuals who showered love on us in tangible ways through the journey!
I am thankful for individuals that we were able to minister to that we never would have met had it not been for the journey of the past year!
I am thankful for the burden God has put in my heart to come along side of other pastors who are facing adversity in their journey and for the opportunities God has brought for me to do just that!
I am thankful for God's Word, especially the verse in Isaiah that says "In quietness and trust is my strength," which was the verse my wife and I clung to during the journey!
I am thankful for the lessons God allowed me to learn about life, ministry and myself through the journey!
I am thankful for the destination God has led me to here in Gaylord, MI as a result of the journey!
I am thankful for the journey itself - though I am not sure I could have said that one year ago today!