I like New Years. I like a day set aside to mark the ending of a time and the beginning of a another one. I am not as revved up by it as I usually am though and to tell the truth, I’m not sure why. I’m not going to make any New Years resolutions, or even unresolutions (things I want to stop doing). I am just going to keep on keeping on. Instead of adding new things to my list, I’m going to try to continue to finish the ones already there. I don’t want to add new things to my list, but that doesn’t mean God doesn’t have a few He wants to add.
In fact, when I think about how God set up this world, I realize that He likes new things. He likes to create new things, inspire new things partner in new things, do new things. Just look around at the bare branches of the trees. The old is gone, the new will come in about four months. The winter vines of the vineyards that flank the freeways here are another reminder. They are bare, pruned and resting now. Soon new life will begin to grow. Grapes that never existed before will be brought into the world. On New Years Day , I went to visit a good friend of mine who just had a new baby. He is one month old and when I held him, I marveled in the miracle of a new life.
God has some new things he wants to do in me and through me this year. God has some new things He wants to do in you and through you too.
But don’t worry, it doesn’t start with a new thing to do. It starts with a new thing to receive. God’s mercy. God is faithful. He is your portion and the most important thing you need to do this year (before you do anything) is wait on Him (which looks a lot like resting in Him). Receive from God. Drink in His mercies, His compassion, His faithfulness like you drink your coffee (or tea) in the morning.
“Because of the Lord ’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are NEW every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24 NIV)
How are you feeling about this new year?