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January 1, 2011

What the New Year Holds

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

The new year begins!  Don’t you wish you had a crystal ball and could see what all is ahead?  It is easy to look back . . . but impossible to see all the days of 2011 and the events and circumstances that will occur in our lives.

There is no reason to jump ahead in time and begin to worry about “what might happen.”  As the old saying goes, “We will face that bridge when we come to it.”  And that is good advice.  To worry about possibilities is to strip us of the pleasure of living today.

Yet, I do wonder what 2011 will bring?  I could ask that question about our world . . .  our nation . . . our families . . . our health . . . and on and one I could go.  But I will focus on what does 2011 hold for my personal life?

There might be some obvious things that the first part of the new year will bring.  There are doctors appointments . . . some planned trips . . . some expected visits from family and friends.  But what of those things that are not on my calendar?

Some things are scheduled.  For example, January 1, I will begin my tenth interim as pastor of a church since retirement. (See The Interim,  That brings joy as I begin the new year.  It is a return to a place where I served as an interim pastor almost a year and a half ago.  They are people we love . . . and who accept my limitations.  Yet, I cannot know what all the new year holds in that regard.  How long will I be the interim?  Will I be physically able to give them the time and energy that the church really needs?  I don’t have the answers to those question . . . just like I don’t have answers to my questions concerning other matters that I will face in 2011.

What about health?   What does the new year hold in that respect?  And then, of course, there are those things about which I have no questions — I have no questions because I have no idea of some things that will probably pop up!

So how do I journey into 2011?  I will march boldly into this new year as I have the previous new years. I will take one day at a time with gratefulness.  I will have a confidence about the year because I have such confidence in the One who leads me . . . never forsakes me . . . and give me strength for every situation.  Yes, my God knows the future.  He knows all that I will face in 2011.  Why should I fear if He is my Guide?

God knows the entire new year before me.  He sees all that it holds for me.  But for me, the year is like a new land that I am entering.  It is totally unseen by my human eyes . . . or understood by my finite mine!  But my Heavenly Father sees it all!  I will trust Him!

“It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.”  (Deuteronomy 11:12)  “And surely I will be with you always . . . .”  (Matthew 28:20)



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