I’ve been reading posts on blogs and Facebook about the New Year and how people anticipate fresh starts and new beginnings. I admire their faith and determination. I am blessed when they proclaim their gratitude to God for all He has done for them the previous year and for all they trust He will do in the coming year.
But I can’t help thinking about all those out there who have no hope for their coming year. There are so many who can’t or won’t give God glory for their blessings because they don’t feel they have any. So many hard luck stories abound, even with my own friends and family. I feel the burden of their disappointments and disillusionment as the months slip by and life hasn’t gone the way they hoped.
What do we do when what we envisioned for our life gets distorted with hardship, delays, distractions, illness, and more?
We could give in to the common reactions.
The failure mentality is a lurking trap. Fear sneaks into our thoughts and paralyzes our forward motion. We listen to our own depressing self-talk and soon our dreams and goals have flown far away on the wings of resignation.
Or we could seek God’s comfort and wisdom.
I find myself forgetting to consult Him when my path gets muddied. It seems that just when you think you have it figured out, everything changes. But God doesn’t. He isn’t wavering or fretting or confused about what you are to do. He understands that you can’t see around the bend like He can. He wants to guide you even when you’re are blinded by the fog of indecision and doubt.
I don’t know how my life will go this year. I feel transitions coming on, and I have many decisions to make. I want to have a great year – don’t we all? A year without pain or strife? A year of avoiding the world’s crushing stress?
Not likely to happen, so keep praising and trusting. Keep your head up and your eyes on Him. Put one foot in front of the other and go.