The turn of the year is always a time of anticipation. Will 2015 bring new adventures, good experiences, and lasting memories, or will it disappoint us with trouble, increasing world tension, and a sense of loss?
Many of us would like to own a crystal ball, if such a thing existed, to gaze into the next twelve months and prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead. Some will lose friends we cherish—to a move, a disagreement, or a death. Not fun to think about.
Others will change careers, and face the trials which accompany a life event of this proportion. Still more will be confronted with illness and make adjustments to their routine as they strive to improve their health.
For those of us who place our faith and trust in a living God, we know He holds the future. He is the one who will walk with us through the next twelve months, carrying us where we need to be lifted up, comforting us when we need assurance.
I John 5:14 (KJV) tells us: “And this is the confidence we have in him, if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
He will whisper encouragement as we face disappointments, open windows when doors close, and remind us, that in His love, we can embrace the future with confidence, knowing He has gone before us and planned our paths.
Psalm 32:8 (NKJV) says: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) reads: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
I wish you all the joys of this bright new year. May your dreams be fulfilled and your days overflow with promise. Happy New Year.