It’s amazing the things that can happen in one year, isn’t it? We enter each new year with so much determination and yet we’re uncertain of what the days ahead have in store.
Will they herald heartache? Or triumph? Successes or failures? Life…or death? As mere humans, we lack the omniscience of our Maker and, if we’re not careful, can find we’re not properly armed against the days ahead. Perhaps that’s why some are happy to see the year 2019 “go”, while yet others look back at the past 365 days with nostalgia.
Regardless of your personal experience, though, 2019 – with all it’s ebs and flows, joys and pains – is not to be simply cast off. If we have hopes for a better 2020, we have to carry the lessons learned in 2019 with us – ready to be dusted off at a moment’s notice. More importantly, we have to be prepared to act from a place of intention, while simultaneously relinquishing our desire to control every outcome.
Control. There’s that word again. How can we possibly relinquish control when we know precisely how we’d like everything to go (and subsequently the worry that comes when we aren’t sure whether things will indeed go our way)? One of my favorite Bible verses (actually my absolute favorite) gives me, a closeted control freak, solace and the strength to do this:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Jeremiah 29:11 is a verse that conveys yet another of God’s undeniable promises. And what a promise it is! I may not know what tomorrow holds, but God holds the future in His hands. It may not be easy (and in all likelihood will not be), but what blessed assurance that each event in 2020 will culminate into a positive testimony.
Although God definitely doesn’t need our help to accomplish this (or anything), we must also do our part by equipping ourselves for the months ahead.
As we prepare to ring in the new year with bells, whistles, prosecco (at least here in the U.K.) and ball drops, have you considered whether you’re properly armed and ready for the new year? If not, don your armor by spending a few moments of reflection with God, right now, before the New Year comes barreling in.
Happy New Year!