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 NIV
Carol Kuykeindall writes: “I sometimes think New Year’s Day comes at the wrong time of year. I’m usually facing a bunch of tasks left over from the old year, like taking down the Christmas tree and putting away all the decorations, writing thank-you notes and dealing with decisions about what to do with the stack of Christmas cards. Throw them away? Save the ones with pictures? Check the addresses? Then there’s the thought of trying to catch up with all the work I put off during the holidays. I’m behind before the New Year even starts."
“Who can think about new beginnings or inspirational goals in the midst of old concerns?” I asked my husband, Lynn, as he came in the front door. He responded, “Let me show you a gift I just received.” The card with the attractively wrapped package read: “To Lynn, May this gift encourage you in the coming year.” Lynn tore off the paper and lifted out a beautifully framed message, penned by a professional calligrapher. The message read:
Trust Me. I have everything under control.
Slowly those words began to change my frame of mind. If I needed something to help me carry my old concerns into the New Year, I’d just found it … the determination to face each day’s concerns, trusting in the words of this promise from the source of all comfort and strength.”
Carol is absolutely correct. Our past can lay us down with so many burdens it can be hard for us to move forward. That’s why it is good to be reminded that the Lord has everything under His control and we can rely on Him. May you remember to trust in Jesus each and every day of the New Year.
In Christ’s Love, Pastor Steve