The most important thing I can tell you is that God knew what was going on in your life, and He deeply cared about you, even if it didn't seem like it at the time. In the midst of a terrible time for God's people, the prophet Jeremiah could still say, "His compassions never fail" (Lamentations 3:22).
Frankly, I wish I knew why God allows hard times to come to us, but I don't -- not fully. What I do know is that evil is real, and sometimes it seems to gain the upper hand, at least for a time. I also know that God knows all about evil and suffering, for His only Son, Jesus Christ, endured the suffering and death of the cross. But beyond the cross was the empty tomb, and because of Christ's resurrection, you and I can have hope -- both now and forever.
When hard times come we can do one of two things: We can either become bitter and turn against God, or we can turn in faith to Him, and find in Him the strength and hope we need. Which will it be for you?
As you stand on the threshold of a new year, turn to Jesus Christ and ask Him to come into your life. Then ask Him to give you His strength and wisdom as you face life's challenges. Remember: When we know Christ, nothing "will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:39).