When my Marcus was just a little boy, people would come up and say, “Enjoy him and treasure these moments, because before you know it, he will be grown!” Oh how time flies! My little boy is now 23 years old, a grown man. They were right, he grew up right before my eyes. It seems time just keeps passing faster all the time.

So as we draw this year to a close, I have been thinking how our life is but a vapor, here one moment and then it’s gone. Two years ago at this very time, I did not think I would make it. My life was so overwhelming that I thought at that time I did not want to go on. It seemed that the trial was so big that God couldn’t work it out. I felt that the mistakes I had made would be my defining moment, and for the rest of my life, it would be all others would remember about me.

Then God reminded me that I am the daughter of the King of all Kings. He loves me more than I can even imagine. He pulled me from a horrible pit as it says in Psalms and set my feet upon a rock. He reminded me that sin is sin, and He forgave me when I but asked. He reminded me that awful time in my life was NOT my defining moment. My defining moment would be what I decided to do from here. He pulled me close to Him and encouraged me daily in His Word.

In John 11:40 Jesus was speaking to Martha, the sister of Lazarus. Lazarus had died and Martha was distraught that Jesus had not come when they called Him and healed her brother. When Jesus arrived He asked her to take Him to the grave. She reminded Him on the walk there that Lazarus had been dead four days! In her mind it was an impossible situation. Jesus looked at her and said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” Then He raised Lazarus from the dead. All that were there were able to witness the miracle Jesus performed and many believed on Him.

Nothing is impossible with God! I believe He desires to use what I saw for bad in my life to show others the power He has to forgive, heal and transform lives. For a time, I just didn’t believe that life was worth living because I had my eyes on the storm and not on Christ. Then He reminded me all I had to do was trust Him and believe that He had a perfect plan for my life. I laid my mistakes at His feet and He began to transform my heart and redeem my life. All I had to do was believe that He could. He is in the business of doing the impossible, all in His perfect time.

So this next year I can’t wait to see God display His glory in my life. I am excited about this new year to see the new things God has planned for me. One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 43:18,19 Forget the former things, don’t dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing! How exciting is that for this new year. I can’t wait to see all the new things that He wants to do through me.

So what have you been through his year? Did you think it would kill you? Did you wonder where God was? Well, you made it and God was with you through it all. So now let Him use what you endured for His glory. Get excited about ways you can serve Him this next year. I can’t wait to get busy for my King. What matters in the end is what we have done for Christ. Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing, as the song says, determine now to serve Christ in a mighty way over the next year. Allow Him to use all the pain for His glory in the years to come. I am excited to spend more time telling others about Him, and working for His kingdom. I want that to be my defining moment in the years to come. What about you? Our life is but a vapor, what will you do with what you have been given?