“It’s a wrap!” That’s what the Director shouts at the end of a film when it’s finally completed. After months of hard and tedious work, everyone can relax. The job is done. Now all that’s left to do is to go home and wait for the movie to come out.
2016 was similar to the making of a movie for me. Some events have been life-altering, while others have been downright miraculous.
But in order to give you the whole story about 2016, I have to start at the beginning of 2015. In January, I started to have pain in my hip. It started out small then became severe by the end of the month. As the pain spread throughout my entire body, by the middle of February I was almost incapacitated. Then in August of 2015, just as mysteriously as it had appeared (and after much prayer and with a change in my diet), it disappeared. This illness lasted about eight months. I was so thankful to be able to physically move about like I used to before that mysterious pain stopped me in my tracks.
I still don’t know what caused the problem (and believe me, there were multiple tests), but I gained a ton of valuable spiritual intel in that process. I’m beyond grateful for God’s healing power through the prayers of believers.
I tell you about that illness in 2015 not only because it was life-altering, but because it seemed to be a huge part of what would happen in this past year. At the beginning of the year (2015), I had started to schedule interviews for the book I would write. Curiously, it seemed like the pain would increase almost every time I was about to interview someone. It was almost like “something” didn’t want me to write a book about suicide that would potentially help people and even save lives.
Anyhoo, thanks be to God, I ended 2015 with a healed body, a renewed excitement and passion to serve Jesus, and a fresh gratitude to God for every breath. Honestly, the year progressed pretty quietly until June of 2016. That’s when my seventeen-year-old dog, Goldie, died. Now that may seem like a devastating event, and it would have been if God had not prepared my heart for it.
I love the fact that God cares about what we care about. Even the smallest, seemingly unimportant things are noticed by God. If we take those cares to Him in prayer, He will move mountains on our behalf and comfort us with His presence.
Then in July, after not writing a single word on my book and never having written a book in my life, I finished it. In all, it took about 30-40 hours to write the entire thing! Now, that’s some kind of miracle. Obviously, I didn’t do this alone. I had a lot of help. I look back on the experience and give God all the glory.
In October of 2016, Fed Ex delivered 325 copies of “just hold on: finding hope in the face of suicide”. Now, it’s just a matter of getting this source of hope to those who need it. Maybe you can help me with that. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, or go to my website: justholdonbook.com to purchase a book.
Enough about me. How was your year? I hope it was blessed, but no matter how it turned out, I would like to remind all of us who know Jesus that this earth is not our home. We are in route to our eternal home in heaven. Two thousand years ago on the cross, Jesus finished the work of saving us in the future. Wow, what an awesome God we serve!
At the beginning of this new year, know that our future is secure. As far as our salvation goes, Jesus has already shouted, “It’s a wrap!” All the work is done; now all we need to do is go to our houses and wait (in faith) for the movie to come out.
I leave you with these encouraging words from Revelation 21:5-6,
“And the One seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ Then He said, ‘Write this down, for these words are faithful and true.’ And He told me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give freely from the spring of the water of life.’”
Shalom to you and yours in 2017 (2018),
Denise, aka Big D