New Year’s has always been special to me. A time of reflection on all God has done in one year and a sense of anticipation for what He will do in the next.
As I drove to church last night for our New Year’s Eve service, I began to reflect on the year as I normally would but found it to be a challenge. The commute was long but not because of the typical traffic from Long Island to Brooklyn. 2015 was a rough year in a number of ways, filled with hurts and brokenness that have only begun to heal. But I wanted to enter church with a right heart and attitude so I turned off the music to intentionally stop and consider the good things. It wasn’t hard to do in the earlier part of the year but it required some digging once the summer hit. That’s when it all shifted and I found myself on the most grueling, difficult journey. Despite the painful memories, I was able to see a thread of God’s faithfulness and grace throughout the entire year. There were days I didn’t know how I’d make it through the next couple of hours. Now it’s 2016 and I see how the Lord carried me through those months and moments. The Good Shepherd was with me and cared for me the entire time.
Seasons change. We all encounter good times and not-so-good times. Regardless of whether or not your year was awesome or horrific, what’s amazing is that God does not change. He remains the same yesterday, today, and forever. And that is why this time of year is so special to me. Sure, it’s hard to look back on what’s painful, particularly when some of the wounds are still gaping holes. But it’s so comforting to see how Jesus was with us through it all, even in the darkest times. Because I know He will never leave me and I experience His nearness in the trials and tribulations, I only love and appreciate Him more. I can boldly face the new year with hope and joy, assured that no matter what happens in 2016, I will declare again at the end of the year how good and faithful my God still is.
Another thread of this year was the theme of being and not doing. It started early on in 2015 when God began to reveal His love to me in a new way and the need to rest in Him. Over the past few months, as I’ve prayed about a word for 2016, the word BE kept coming to mind. I feel I’ve barely begun to scratch the surface in the realm of being vs. doing. There is much more to learn and much more that God wants to show me. My goal for this year is to share my BE lessons with you here on the blog. Each month, I’ll have a different focus: Be LOVED, Be HEALED, Be DEVOTED, Be ALERT, and many more. The theme for January is Be STILL and the posts will begin next Wednesday. I’ll have much more to share then.
I’m excited to embark on this journey with the Lord and with all of you who stop by here. My prayer is that 2016 will be the year where we will BE who God created us to BE… in HIM.
Happy New Year!