Appreciate the past, live in the present, plan for future

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Philippians 4:19-20KJ)

With this devotional, I witness to the faithfulness of God. As I appreciate the past year of 2013, God has been faithful in leading us through several life changes, unexpected interruptions and brought people into our lives to supply more than all our needs. God brought me to pastor New Life Lutheran Church in Minot. We didn’t know exactly what was ahead, yet God did. Our house sold in two weeks. Friends told us of the housing challenges in Minot. It did require trusting God.

I chose to share my experiences mainly because one morning I woke early expecting to handle some housing issues. Instead, I realized my left side was numb right down the middle of my body. The doctors at Trinity Medical Center told me I had a mild stroke. The many details that demonstrate God’s foresight are too numerous to mention. I appreciate the care I’ve received 100 percent. The medical providers and caregivers are exceptional. The doctor I had was more knowledgeable with my pre-existing issue than any doctor I’ve had in 25 years. There’s an added bonus. Over the past 3 months I have been receiving God’s healing as he provides my specific needs through the prayers of his people, the medical knowledge and care of staff at Trinity, Trinity-St. Joseph Physical Therapy Unit and the follow-up from Trinity Home Health.

The staff and nurses have far exceeded my expectations in their personal care and patience. I am grateful for the ongoing therapy I continue to receive. You are all God’s gift to me. I’ve heard medical professionals say I am way ahead of expectations. I live in the present expecting improvement.

So, as you plan for the future will you trust God to supply all your needs in 2014?

A great New Year’s resolution is: “I will experience the adventure of living by faith!” Faith is offered to you as a gift from God. This gift is paid for, given to you through Jesus who is the only Savior offered to mankind through whom we must be rescued. He promised forgiveness through repentance. Your name is on the gift. If you haven’t received God’s gift of grace, this is his invitation: “Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24

Then….experience the use of the gift as you live by faith. Expect from God and be aware of his blessings. You will experience those moments of awe and joy; of thanksgiving and appreciation as you live through challenges, uncertainties, fears and losses. Because God has been faithful to keep his word in the past, I choose to trust his promises in 2014. God is the giver of his riches in his time to each one seeking Christ Jesus. I pray you will have a blessed new year.

“Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

The Rev.. Roy Erdahl is pastor of New Life Lutheran Church, Minot.