December 28, 2010 –
In Between –
The week between Christmas and New Years is unique. For all intents we’re done with 2010 even though there are still a few days to go. We don’t have hopes and dreams and aspirations for 2010 anymore. We already did that. Maybe we accomplished what we wanted to do this past year, and maybe not. Perhaps life threw us a few unexpected curves and we had to deal with unemployment, or illness, or discomfort of some other kind that wasn’t on our ‘to do’ list. Life has a way of doing that. There’s an old joke that says ‘if you want to hear God laugh, just tell Him YOUR plans.’
The alternative to ‘your’ plans are, of course, ‘God’s plans’. You may or may not be surprised to know that ‘God’s plans’ terrify some people. That’s really sad, but understandable. They may have been raised in a faith that preached the wrath, vengence or jealousy of God. I have always had trouble with that. The God that has presented Himself to me throughout my life has been none of those things. The God I know is pure love, forgiveness and a better parent that any of us will ever be. Good parents don’t let their children have everything they want. Good parents set limits and give appropriate gifts. Good parents love unconditionally and forever, forgive everything, and always uplift, nurture, and encourage. God is your parent. God is the best parent you have.
Is it time to trust? If not now, then when? Is it safe to trust? If not God, then who? 2011 can be the year that we finally just trust. Trust that the things that are falling apart are supposed to fall apart to make way for something new. Trust that if something leaves our lives, it is because it is time. Trust that the sadness or fear that we still carry is not God’s will for us, but that God’s will is for us to overcome those things and find peace and joy. Trust that when we see chaos in our world we are witnessing the death of the old that is not going away quietly. Negativity rarely goes away quietly, but it WILL go away if we stay in trust.
If you want to make the ultimate New Year’s resolution then try this one: ‘I resolve to trust God to guide my life this year.’
May you have a blessed, safe and joyous 2011.