Every time near the end of a particular year, I have the same thought: “What in the world happened to the past year?” This year is no different: the past couple weeks, I’ve been “feeling” incredulous how quickly this year has passed.
Bam. And here it is…2008. I was actually feeling a little down at the thought of how fast the year had passed. But the more time I reflected upon this past year [especially while drafting up the family’s annual year in review letter], I found myself on the other spectrum:
This has been a long year. So much has gone on. In fact, I can’t even believe some of the stuff that’s gone on this past year: with myself, the family, church and ministry, and just life in general.
I was reading this amazing post from Working the Angles where the author [Pat Loughery] reviewed his past year – month by month – and the lessons learned and goals shaped for the future. It compelled me to glance over my blog entries and events of the past year. In looking back, it’s helped me to gain perspective on the lessons learned but to also sense how God’s orchestrated His mercy and grace over my life.
When we live day by day or week to week, I think it’s easy to wonder how fast time flies. But as we look back – not just yesterday, but to the past month, and over the past year, we might all be amazed at how much life has taken place. The tragedy might be when we let life simply pass by when it is there to be experienced. I guess this might be called “the big picture.”
If you haven’t done so already, let me encourage you to take an hour to write down and reflect on what has transpired this past year in your life. You might be surprised as I was.