The end of the year can mean many things for different people. It can mean the fresh start of new beginning, a clean slate. Last year’s failures, disappointments, unfulfilled hopes magically erased and the hope for a brighter future is rife with possibility. For others, it's the perspective that the advent of the new year will hold more of the same from its disappointing predecessor. But what does God say? "This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it." He said, “this is the day,” present tense. He also tells us to take the posture of rejoicing. Rejoice in the day that brings hard things. Rejoice in the day that brings beautiful things Whatever you’ve done or haven't done that day, He doesn't want you to dwell on it. That's probably why he gave us "new days." It's a resetting, a reboot. Regardless of what has or hasn't happened he wants us to rejoice. God is not a God of the past. He is actively present and purposefully, future. “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to give you a hope and a future.” If you’re putting your hope in the future of what 2107 may bring, you may be disappointed. For it’s not the future that we put our hope in, it is in the God who holds our future.
Waiting. A protracted longing for something that seems like it’s never going to happen. This is my own definition. Waiting can be one of the most agonizing things in the human experience. God knew it would be. That’s why one of the fruits of the spirit is “patience.” And if we’re honest, it’s a fruit that seems to be bitterly painful. You may be waiting for a loved one to be healed, to be accepted to a college, to have a child or to see your marriage restored. Whatever the scenario, waiting isn’t enjoyable, but is about trusting our Abba Father even while you feel like you are in some kind of holding pattern. It’s the endurance of waiting that tests your resolve. Waiting isn’t a cruel game he taunts us with, he is developing your “spiritual skin” to be toughened up –to trust him, despite what you see. Just like you, I too am waiting. Not always in an angelic state of patience, I might add. I’ve wrestled with God, I’ve cried, but in the end I choose to give him thanks and praise him in the waiting. It is my greatest weapon against the enemy.