Wake up!! A New Year is upon us!

Here it is, the first Sunday morning in 2021 and I’m pondering once again, reflecting, looking back, looking forward, and looking inward. Recognizing and analyzing the many lost opportunities of the past year makes me sad!

I’m thankful for new beginnings! Though the new year is yet shrouded in mystery, it is a year that is filled with possibilities.

Like a bowl of warm jiggly jello, it can be molded and made according to new plans, new ideas, new determination, and a renewed trust and faith in God’s guidance.

So often we relate incidents from the past prefaced by, “if only” I had done this, or “if only” I had done that.

“If only” sounds so fatalistic. As if there will be no next time to use the lessons we have learned.

Perhaps a better phrase would be to say “next time” I will do this or “next time” I will do that. That sounds better!

It indicates hope for the future, a bright outlook, and a sense of going forward better equipped to meet every challenge. It is possibility thinking and I like possibility thinking! If we let Him, God will make us into the best we can possibly be!

God had plans for us even before we were born!

We can’t let our own desires stand in the way of our Father’s will. Listen closely to David’s words: “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous — and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your Book.” (Psalm 139:13-16 The Living Bible)

And Paul declared, “It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others.” (Ephesians 2:10 The Living Bible)

May we all experience His perfect shalom in the New Year!!