Have you ever seen those little booklets that tell you everything that happened in a particular year? It’s fun to browse through the one that highlights the events that took place in the year of one’s birth. They sell them at a certain restaurant in town. I will not endorse that restaurant here, but I love their biscuits and rocking chairs.
If you turn 87 in 2016, there’s an excellent chance you were born in 1929. Of course, 1929 is best known for the crash of the Stock Market, which ushered in the Great Depression.
But other things, really good things, happened in 1929. That was the year the Grand Tetons became a national park. The Vatican City became a sovereign State. New York’s Museum of Modern Art opened to the public. And Al Capone cleaned up the streets of Chicago with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
Here’s the point. In bad times, God is there. When we see the negative, God shows up. Do you think you’re having a bad year? I suggest you aren’t qualified to make that judgment. King David said it like this: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4).