For some, the new year is exhilarating. The excitement, dreams, and hopes bring joy to the heart.
But for others, the new year is just a reminder of one more year that didn’t go as expected. Some of us woke up to the same broken family, the same unemployment check, and the same sick child. For some, the year didn’t change much when that ball dropped. Instead, it was just a reminder of all that is still not right.
It’s a reminder of one more failed dream, one more failed goal. It’s a reminder of all that we can not control and all that is unknown.
The unknown. It’s just one little word, but it’s paralyzing. Facing the unknown makes the strong weak and the confident insecure. After years of waking up everyday afraid of the unknown, I have this truth…
Fear is just a lie.
While it may seem that others have a guarantee…they do not. We are all but a vapor. All at the mercy of whatever the next moment holds. Death, unemployment, divorce, illness…they are not selective. Anyone is in just as much danger as the next person.
Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:39
We could chose to live in fear, gripping tight to what we have, stockpiling and hoarding…but it will never be enough. We are not promised the next moment. Only this one. So, how will we chose to spend it? Worried and afraid, buying the lie that there is something that we can do to prevent a storm? Or will we throw out the lie and hold fast to the promise that He is always working things for our good? Even the hurt. Even the struggle.
Friend, the unknown is a blessing, for if we really knew, we wouldn’t be able to handle it. Rest in His protection. Live fearless over the next moment, cherishing the very one that you are living right now. Because…”someday we will touch the face of our God and the sorrow will disappear.” ~Tenth Avenue North
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