Happy New Year! Well, almost. I cannot believe that 2012 is coming to an end and a new season is about to unfold, a season full of hope and promise. Over the last few days, I have spent much time in reflection.
As Christmas drew near, I reflected on the sacrifice that Jesus made, leaving the comforts of His heavenly home and coming to earth, to be born as a babe in humble fashion, just because of His love for me!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believesin him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
As I struggle through a personal issue and strive to find hope and joy, I reflect on who He is and how many promises are wrapped up in His Name.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6b)
And now as 2012 comes to a close, I am reflecting on all of the lessons learned and the many blessings this year has brought to me. Some of these blessings have come easily, almost unexpectedly; yet others have come through much toil and tears. Although I am truly thankful for that which has come effortlessly, I am even more grateful for those blessings which were harder to see. These are the ones I had to fight for, holding on for dear life for, as I leaned on Him to carry me through.
As I look ahead to the New Year, I am leaning forward. I’d like to say that I am walking, or running, pushing aside all of the obstacles that lay in front of me. But I am finding comfort in the leaning as I allow God to carry me. Leaning into His strength is not a sign of weakness but a sign of dependance. And at this time in my life, I am utterly dependent on Him for everything.
“Who is this coming up from the wilderness Leaning on her beloved?” (Song of Solomon 8:5a)
How about you my friend? How are you moving into this new season of your life? Are you walking, jumping, running, or do you find yourself leaning? No matter how you enter in, God promises to go ahead of you and prepare the way. He promises to give you strength for the journey ahead.
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. (Psalm 84:5)