We have good years and bad years, tough ones and easy ones. So, worship leaders, this is our final pod this year until we kick off again in mid January, so we thought it would be a cool idea, and a bit of fun, to look back on the year that was, 2019.

Has 2019 Been a Good Year?

This has been a tough 12 months for many, especially those in ministry, but I believe the Lord has something great coming up in the year of vision, 2020!

Personally I have found 2019 to be among the toughest I have experienced in many ways, especially in ministry.  I don’t mind telling you that I am glad to see the back of 2019, and look ahead with great expectancy to what the Lord has for us in the future.

But this doesn’t mean that, if we count our blessings, 2019 has not been good.  We are, after all, still alive at the end of it, and that is good. However, many of us have found that it has been a tough, difficult slog this last 12 months, and so be the end of it many are telling me they are exhausted, disheartened and generally feeling low and flat.

It is OK to not be on top of the world all the time, right?  I have not found 2019 bad at all, just tough, and things that previously seemed easy have seemed hard and sometimes overwhelming, especially as the year wore on and we all got tired.  OK, maybe I am just getting old and tired myself, but sometimes things can feel overwhelming, and we need to just honestly tell the Lord how we are feeling and ask His help, direction and provision for the next season.

Let me leave you with this wonderful and inspiring scripture…

Habakkuk 3:17-18 New International Version (NIV)

17 Though the fig tree does not bud
    and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
    and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
    and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior.

So settle back and look back, rejoicing in the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly of 2019 in this last 12 minute pod this year…