It was just two weeks back that we all were waiting with much excitement to welcome 2019. Most of us were at church for a watch night service praying for new blessings, beginnings and breakthroughs to be seen in the New Year. The feelings at 11:55 pm on 31st December 2018 were something like as if we would be landing on some new planet within a few minutes where everything would be new, fresh, thrilling, beautiful and different than the past year. The sound of firecrackers, the wishes that we sent and received on Facebook and WhatsApp and the phone calls from our friends & family gave more reassurance to those feelings. We were all set to welcome the New Year only to find out later that there isn’t anything new about it.
As the days pass by, we find ourselves in the same day to day routine, with the same jobs & chores and dealing with the same challenges we had the past year. It even looks like we are losing the grip and the enthusiasm for the resolutions we made in the beginning. Our diet plans, Bible readings, developing new skills, family schedules, family time, acquiring good habits, work goals and all sorts of resolutions seem unsuccessful.
In fact, the resolution isn’t new in itself. Most of us have the same plans and resolutions we had a year back or a couple of years back or maybe three years back:). We all have great dreams and high expectations in our lives but we find ourselves moved towards them just an inch. When we don’t see any momentum or change happening in our lives, we tend to give up on our efforts hoping that next year things will be better with better planning and clear goals.
Can you relate?
But here’s a beautiful truth we often miss in our efforts to hold everything together by our understanding, capacity and strength.
God has an appointed time for things and no matter how much we plan, set goals and have strategies for our lives, He works in our lives in His perfect time by his perfect plans and in ways we can’t envision.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Even though our resolutions seem to fail, our resilience shouldn’t.
Even though our plans seem unsuccessful, God’s plan for our lives doesn’t.
Even though we tend to give up on our lives, He doesn’t.
Where we see death, God sees life.
Where we see end, God sees beginning.
Where we see insufficiency, God sees abundance
Where we see impossibilities, God see opportunities.
So even if you don’t find anything new about the New Year, open your eyes to His mercies, which are new every morning. By Him on your side, you can always have a fresh start and a new beginning. So don’t settle where you are. Keep moving, Keep trusting His wonderful plans for your lives, keep the resilience, keep doing your best and see God do impossible things in and through your life in His time.
“I will cry to God Most High, To God who accomplishes all things for me.” Psalm 57:2