Well, it’s over. All the Christmas company has left, dead pine needles are being vacuumed where the tree once stood, and return receipts are being gathered. Transition. Change. Some of us can’t wait to step into this next year and say good riddance to the last. Others celebrated huge, happy milestones last year and would rather drag their feet as they enter the unknown corners of their new beginning. Whether happy or sad, change elicits fickle emotions.
Lately I have been watching episodes of a family sitcom. The family part doesn’t intrigue me as much as the time period: the exciting 1980s. (It’s not exciting to anyone but those of us who were teenagers then.) It’s not the storyline that draws me in; it’s the way the house is decorated, the actors’ clothing, and the kitchen paneling that brings me right back to years ago. Years when my biggest concern was what to wear on Friday and whether my name would be written on a list in the cheer coach’s handwriting and taped to the glass of the gymnasium door. As I watch the TV show, I feel a sense of comfort and safety. It brings me back to slumber parties and new driver’s licenses. The thought of paying an electric bill or having a car repaired were not even on my radar.
It is tempting to look back and think that the past was the most secure place to be. Why? Because we know how the past turned out. We have already turned the page, read that part of the book, and found that God was faithful. We can see that He has brought us where we are today. Can I get an amen? He was there every day whether we acknowledged Him or not. He was and is the constant, unchanging, all-knowing, and loving Father. With Him as our God, every day is the most secure place to be.
Sometimes change is exciting. It is fun to dream and imagine what this year will hold. Who will be born? And who will be called to heaven? Will we accomplish what we have set out to do? We are truly not in control, but we know WHO is. We are right in the palm of His hand. We know what the past held, and He knows what the future holds. As we transition from the last year to this brand new one, we can be assured of many things:
- Our God will never leave us nor forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:8)
- He is a friend that will stick closer than a brother. (Proverbs 8:24)
- In our weakness, He is strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-11)
- He has given us all we need for life and Godliness. (2 Peter 1:3)
- He will supply all our needs. (Philippians 4:19)
Let’s get our expectation up for this brand-new year. God has us and is laying out a wonderful path before us.