And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5
In the crazy of moving during this, the most
busy wonderful time of the year, I have struggled to keep my sacred mornings with the Lord. In fact, four days before we moved my desk got packed up…including my Bible. Now, I always have the online version but I so prefer the actual physical book in my hands, the weight of the Word on my lap.
I woke up each morning, not with relaxed anticipation of time spent with Jesus (which had become my blessed norm over the past months) but with lists of lists spinning through my overwhelmed mind. And celebrating Advent, in the insanity of packing every. single. thing. we owned and moving it thirty minutes up the highway to a new house in the hills surrounding Nashville, fell to the backburner. I purposed that as soon as we moved in we would make up for lost time.
As soon as we had left the old behind we would begin anew.
And we did.
As I wrote in my last post, we moved in with lights and candles and trees all in place and ready to point us to the coming King. We feasted and sang and baked and gazed in wonder at the expanse of sky above in the absence of the once-familiar trees. It was sweet and began our life in this new place with good and needed memories.
And now, the New Year is upon us. For the past few years I have asked the Lord for a word from Him. A glimpse at what He might have ahead for me, a focal point for my prayers and vision as I walk into January.
I haven’t received it from Him just yet, but I know I will. He has been perfectly faithful, every time I have asked, to give this to me. So I watch and pray and listen, knowing the newfound quiet of our surroundings can only help me hear the voice of my Father. (Though, I do have five kids and three dogs so…quiet is a very relative term!) As we leave this old year behind, shutting the door on the successes and failures, joys, heartbreaks and grief, we have an opportunity to begin anew on January first.
Does it mean I forget the hard? Well, yes, maybe it does…or it just might mean I should.
In Philippians 3:13-14 Paul says, “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
I believe this is a worthy goal for us as we begin the new year. 2018 does not have to be overshadowed by the pain hangover of 2017. Instead, we can allow the struggles to push us onward and upward, remembering why and for Whom we are here in the first place.
Because if we remember the “why” we are less likely to fall into bitterness and discontent. And if we remember for Whom we are here, well, it makes it awfully hard to be selfish.
Not that I struggle with selfishness. *sarcasm*
So I’m seeking the Lord today, asking for His word for me to be made clear before the New Year dawns. If you are doing the same, I would love to hear what the Lord gives you! What a gift it would be for us to pray for one another as we begin this fresh leg of our journey.
May the God of angel armies bless and keep you in 2018. May you know who you are and Whose you are as you walk each day with Him. And may the Peace of the Lord Jesus be with you and sustain you throughout this new year.