“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). I have had some experience in tilling the soil and have learned the danger of looking back to admire the straight furrow I have made. When I stopped looking forward, the furrow began to swerve from its intended path.
Looking back to enumerate my accomplishments over the past year would probably have the same effect. Even more so if I would see little to boast of and begin to blame others for my lack of accomplishments.
However, I do see much evidence of how the Lord has helped us through the past year. I have Macular Degeneration that required repeated injections of Lucentis directly into the eyes over several years. It is almost three years since the last injection and I now only need to go for a checkup once a year. It was frightening to receive the diagnosis six years ago, then the Lord gave me an assurance that “there will be a way.”
My wife was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia earlier this year. After many tests she has also been told that her condition is stable and only needs to be monitored once per year.
We have not accumulated much in the way of material goods over the years, but we have accumulated many friends. We keep in contact with people in places where we have lived and places we have visited. I count it a special privilege to have corresponded with three missionary couples (two in the Philippines, one in Cameroun) over the past few years. All three of the wives were toddlers when we first met 35 years ago as we moved to Ontario. It has been a few years since we have seen them, and we have never seen their children, but it is a blessing to know that those little girls have grown into fine Christian women.
We are still learning new things, new skills, making new friends. We are growing in faith, and in faithfulness. Hitherto hath the LORD helped us. I want to face the future with that calm assurance.