As this new year has started (and where in the world did the last one go might I add...) I can't help but reflect back on 2011 in wonder, awe, delight, sadness, victory, joy, healing, relief, growth, strength and so much more. I plan to be real and honest and share what is behind this list of simple yet such complex words.
I will say that 2011 was one of MY BEST YEARS yet even though it was filled with a mixture of laughter and tears, love and heartbreak, emptyness and cups overflowing....
May TWENTY 12 knock my socks off even more because I am still living my THUS FAR!
"Thus far has the Lord helped us" 1 Sam 7:12
The words “thus far”are like a hand pointing in the direction of the past. “Thus far has the Lord helped”! Whether through poverty, wealth, sickness, or health, whether at home or abroad, or on land, sea, or air, and whether in honor, dishonor, difﬁculties, joy, trials, triumph, prayer, or temptation—“Thus far has the Lord helped”!
I LOVE THIS:
We always enjoy looking down a long road lined with beautiful trees. The trees are a delightful sight and seem to be forming a temple of plants, with strong wooden pillars and arches of leaves. In the same way you look down a beautiful road like this, why not look back on the road of the years of your life? Look at the large green limbs of God’s mercy overhead and the strong pillars of His loving-kindness and faithfulness that have brought you much joy. Do you see any birds singing in the branches? If you look closely, surely you will see many, for they are singing of God’s mercy received “thus far.”
These words also point forward. Someone who comes to a certain point and writes the words “thus far” realizes he has not yet come to the end of the road and that he still has some distance to travel. There are still more trials, joys, temptations, battles, defeats, victories, prayers, answers, toils, and strength yet to come. L.B. Cowman
The Lord who “thus far”has helped you
Will help you all your journey through.
When the words “thus far”are read in heaven’s light, what glorious and miraculous prospects they reveal to our grateful eyes! Charles H. Spurgeon