To be honest, 2007 didn't start out the best. In fact, within the first week of January, I was thinking about how miserable this year was starting out to be. Faced with a suddenly changed college major, a totally new living situation, my closest friends leaving Indiana for 10 weeks and scariest of all, a dad with cancer, I didn't have high hopes for what this year might hold.
But God is the great Redeemer. The new major worked out. I got a bunch of fantastic new friends from that living situation. My other friends all came back to Indiana [like they were supposed to ;)]. Dad is still cancer-free. If you had told me last year at this time that I would have a full-time job, a wonderful church, new friends, worked at a summer job I loved and great housemates/roommates, I wouldn't have believed you. The rug had been pulled from under my feet and I didn't see how I would stand again.
I won't go into all the details of how each of those events were redeemed, but if you want to know more, just ask. Really, it's a story of God's grace and sovereignty. I don't know why He allowed those things to happen, yet He did. If it was up to me, none of those events would have transpired, but I am not God (you can all be thankful for that). As a result of 2007, though, I have known God better, known His Word better and trusted His grace and wisdom more fully.
And you know what? Despite gloomy outlook this year seemed to hold, it all turned out for His glory and good, just like He promised.