As the year draws closer to its end, it's natural to look back and wonder how 2016 will appear in the history books...and there are so many historic events to wonder at!
The year of celebrity death
I won't even start listing them here, but 2016 was a bad year to be a celebrity.
The year of political upheaval
Just spend a moment thinking about what's happened in politics this year.
- Jeremy Corbyn, Momentum, and shadow cabinet resignations galore
- The rotating UKIP leadership and boxing matches
- Donald Trump
- Donald "I'd like to punch him in the face, I tell ya" Trump
The year of football
2016 was the year of Leicester City...for a while. It was the year that England lost to Iceland (man, that was painful to write). We had Sam Allardyce in that pub. And now we have a scandal unfolding before our eyes, and who knows what that will turn into?
How has your 2016 been? Are you in a better place now than you were in 2015? Or would you go back and redo 2016 in a heartbeat if you had the chance?
I've frequently returned to one thought this year. There's been a lot of change and uncertainty, but one thing hasn't changed:
God is in control.
If nothing else, 2016 has proven, once and for all, that people have issues. If we put our trust in celebrities, they will all eventually just die. If we put our trust in politics, the system simply won't work. If we put our trust in some random diversion, our only guarantees are uncertainty, disappointment and disillusionment.
But God is in control.
I may not know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.