Happy New Year and Change the Calendar
Another Year, Another Calendar of Unknown Days
The following was written at the end of an exhausting day that ended a year filled with unexpected events. Of course, that's every year for all of us, yes?
Still, some years sing a considerably more stressful song than others. Sometimes we have a string of years that play extremely difficult notes.
Indeed, the year after this hub was initially posted I had many more opportunities to draw from what I wrote about here, and as time goes by the need to remain mindful of the truths continues to grow.
In a brand new year I once more find these words to be true. By God's grace I will choose hope and help, and not give up when life is hard. As this year's calendar turns, I again wish you the true peace that passes understanding.
There will probably not be many comments for the holiday season passes quickly and the pressures of normal life set in immediately, so I thank you now for stopping by.
It's Amazing that the New Year is Here!
Happy New Year! I just heard firecrackers in the distance and looked at the clock. Our calendar for the entire next year begins right now! It is a rather amazing moment–the new year starts! The potential it holds is viewed from the sweeping wonder of looking at the unknown! What will come our way?
Our final page of the year has turned in the Southeast. All the mistakes hang in the past, telling us to remember the lessons. Dashed hopes are replaced with new chances to solve problems, create new things, and make fresh plans for long-term goals.
The last chapter of this year's book has closed, the first chapter of the next has opened. It is bright with possibilities and unexpected opportunities will present themselves at both opportune and inopportune times.
It does not matter what might be happening in any given place anywhere in the world. What any individual's circumstances might be are not the point when the clock strikes 12 for them. The truth about how time waits for no one is highlighted at this juncture of the old and new in our lives.
Thought-Provoking New Year's Eve Events
My dear husband gave up and zonked out before the midnight hour because we have spent the day at the hospital with my father. He was admitted tonight via the emergency room. He is settled in now and will soon be talking to everyone about how he spent the end of one year and the beginning of another.
Every year has its joys and sorrows, its highs and lows, its expectations and surprises. It has been written that there is nothing new under the sun. This was a December that makes me remember an old country song (from Merle Haggard, I think) "If We Make It Through December We'll Be Fine."
Of course, the irony is that none of us knows what a day will bring. We do not even know for sure what to expect from one minute to the next and we are even warned that our next breath is not promised. Live and let live sounds good on the surface, but seeking wisdom is the only safe path to take.
Throwing safety to the wind is promoted by thinking that wants its own way, that is, until the time comes when time ends. Some people have the privilege of being given notice that their time on earth is coming to an end, others meet a sudden end. None of us knows the exact moment we will take that step into eternity.
Beginning the New Year with Confidence in God's Word
Not knowing what the new year holds, what the days will bring is why I am writing a little note of thankfulness now as I wind down from this day, from this month, from this year, from this calendar. God has carried us through and helped us maintain a focus on what really matters.
I can certainly see it better now than when in the midst of the stressful times that this past year held so I am compelled to praise Him that I belong to Him in Jesus and that His character is wrapped up in His faithful and unchanging omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence for our finite times as well as for our infinite eternity.
What a Comfort and Strength His Truths are in all Seasons of Life!
I thank Him for giving me faith and I praise Him for everything that belief of what He says means for His people. I praise Him for the sustaining power of prayer that is according to His Word and that none of HIs promises can fail, though we may not immediately see things work out as we hope or expect.
I am so grateful for His power that helps me trust and obey Him, even when it's hard, such as when He says to pray believing, but to be willing to wait on His perfect time and way for answers. Though I cannot explain it, I am obliged to stand in awe at how He builds faith through difficult circumstances because I know it is true. Experience is an excellent teacher.
As I think of how this life is a vapor and eternity is a very long time (if we think of it in terms of time), I thank Him for His help on this pilgrim journey and for His peace that is incomprehensible to our human way of thinking.
I thank Him with a grateful heart that He has not left me to myself, or left me seeking peace through any means of this world, but that He has been so gracious and kind as to show me Himself through His Living Word, the Lord Jesus.
The Christ is our need, our hope, our help for today and for eternity. There is no other salvation. If you do not know Jesus I urge you to Him. Come to God His way, through His Son. Believe His Word and follow Him. Seek Him, ask Him for faith, endeavor to know Him, and He promises that He will not refuse you.
I pray for rich blessings of God's grace and peace to you in this coming year!
More Reading You May be Interested in Checking Out:
Searching out truth takes some willingness to spend time on the effort and a serious effort requires praying through the reading, asking God to divide truth from error in our understanding. I hope the following will be helpful if you are on that journey:
• Love is the Defining Factor: An Invitation -- Because people tend to be self-serving it is imperative to know what love is and whether a person with whom we might be considering a relationship knows what it is.
• Psalm 23, The Song of a Passionate Heart, by David Roper, sprang from deep waters. It is a book filled with hope for hurting hearts and minds.
• Mountain Breezes, Amy Carmichael, is a gift that became a friend to me during a dark time. Her poetry encourages trust even when life turns in an unexpected direction. The book has proven itself a faithful companion in life's changeful seasons, a true comfort and joy when weary from the journey and uncertain about circumstances.