Always Faithful

I cannot believe it’s already October. I really feel like this just happened:

But no, that was 10 months ago now. I feel like the older I get, the more time flies. And not just when I’m having fun.

If I were to be completely honest, I’d have to say that 2013 has not been my favorite year so far. In just a couple months, when December 31 is on its way out and January 1 is rolling in, there will be no tearful goodbyes for 2013 coming from me. In fact, I’d like to end the year with a threat, telling 2014 that if it’s anything like 2013, I might just have to punch it in the face. Or…calendar or whatever.

The thing that 2013 has taught me so far, though, and for which I will always be grateful, is that God is faithful. I know people say that all the time, and I would have said it before this year too, but not with nearly as much confidence or proof. It’s one thing to say that God is good and loving and kind and another thing entirely to be able to say that still after going through the wringer.

I wonder if everyone who says that God is faithful really believes it. Like after the words “failed,” “breakup,” “death,” “war,” or “loss,” is God still faithful?

Of course. God doesn’t change because of your circumstances. He’s not a loving God…until you get cancer and then He’s suddenly vengeful. He’s not kind…until your boyfriend breaks up with you and He’s giving you what you deserve.

Psalm 34:18 says “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” I’ve found that especially in the middle of difficult circumstances, God is there to comfort, lead, and sometimes even grieve with me. Rather than feeling like God has abandoned me or is punishing me, I’m closing out the last couple of months of 2013 with even more confidence that God is always faithful and always loving. Because of that, we can always praise God, because He really does want what’s best for us.