This time of year I always feel like I’m standing on the brink . . .
The New Year stretches out before me as a blank canvas. The great dark tunnel of the UNKNOWN . . .
What will my world be like in the coming months? What does this year hold? Is it pregnant with joy or heartache, pain or blessing, health or illness? What will it give birth to, I wonder?
I watch as everyone cheers as the ball drops in Times Square, welcoming a New Year and I am apprehensive . . . wondering what will be.
Fear like a knife cuts deep into my gut. Honestly, the “what if” . . . has always frightened me. What if this is the year I lose someone I love? What if we face another “great depression”? What if I gain twenty pounds? What if my husband loses his job? What if cancer decides to invade my life? What if all my hair falls out? Paralyzing fear. Heart-stopping terror. Mind-numbing dread.
In the midst of my fear, God whispers His truth . . . “You don’t know what the future holds but you hold the hand of the ONE who does!”
If we knew our future, I wonder, how would we live? Would we be in constant dread and despair, focused on what was to come and missing what is now?
God wants us to LIVE in the present. Embracing each day as it comes. Grabbing hold of every moment, knowing that He will be there with us in every minute of every day.
He calls us to live a life of TRUST rather than fear. Trusting that He holds our future in the palm of His hands. Trusting that His plans are for our good and not for harm. (Jeremiah 29.11) Trusting in the Hope of an Eternity yet to come. (Romans 5.4-5)
Did God give His life for me so that I could live in dread of the future? NEVER. He died so that I can laugh at the future, embrace what He has for me and never have to live this life on my own again.
And so this year, I set my fears aside and lay claim to these words that the Apostle Paul penned so long ago, “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate me from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate me from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate me from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Romans 8.38-39)
As you face this New Year, I don’t know where this finds you, maybe many of the fears I named are your reality. Remember this, my friend: You don’t know what the future holds but you hold the hand of the ONE who does. He loves you and will never let you go!