When you become a student of Life, you learn how to see each moment of adversity or an obstacle that you have to overcome as a lesson. God has a way of causing all things to work for our good, sometimes we fail to recognize the good at first glance. Each lesson learned qualifies you as a teacher. To be able to teach is to twice learn and evidence of growth. Though some of the lessons I had to learn this year were failed on the first go around, I passed when they presented themselves again. My character is being developed for the next leg of my journey that I am beginning.

I am no longer a magnet to negativity but deflecting it as soon as it comes. I am no longer reacting but instead responding, even if my response is silence. I am a better steward over my finances, allowing me to give and still meeting each and every personal need.

A few weeks ago Bishop TD Jakes preached from the following text and his sermon has replayed in my mind over and over again.

“And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men. And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.”(Mark 6:41-52 KJV)

The disciples had witnessed the power of God work when the multitude of 5000 was fed. The fragments that they gathered were to be a memorial of the miracle that was performed. When the ship began to toss to and fro all they needed to do was look back at those very fragments. If he could feed 5000 why certainly he could calm any storm.

So as 2011 comes to a close remember the miracles of yesterday, because the same God that performed them then will perform them today.

“God doesn’t always quiet the storm, but instead calms his child”