We have now seen another Christmas come and go and hopefully, like me, you shared that precious day of celebrating the birth of Jesus with those you love and cherish.
It’s the hearts whom we share that day with which matter most of all, and that is why I’ve always loved the saying ‘hearts come home for Christmas’. If only those emotions felt on the day could be carried with us the other 364 days of the year, like the warmth that fills our heart as we stand singing carols with a child’s arms wrapped round our waist. Wouldn’t the year be something rather special all the way through if we did? A thought to ponder.
With 2019 just days away I am taking some time to reflect on the year that has gone, the major and minor changes, challenges and blessings which came with it – and I’m praising God that He did not tell me about most of them until they happened because I would have worried over more than a few.
Whilst it is fun to plan forward at the start of a new year, it can also be a way of setting ourselves up for future disappointment if those hoped for plans do not come to pass, and for me, already this past week I have had to adjust the plans which I recently shared with you (here) due to an unforeseen event which will affect how I maintain and grow my embroidery design business.
So I went to the Word for guidance and reacquainted my heart with Jesus’ instruction to not worry about tomorrow because we have enough to concern ourselves with today. I believe He was drawing our thoughts to the moment at hand, focusing our mind on the needs of this day and giving them precedence over what may come to pass tomorrow. After all, none of us can truly be assured that what we want to happen next week, next month or next year will even eventuate.
So it is in light of Jesus’ directions that I have chosen not to be dismayed at what has transpired this week but to look on it as an opportunity to begin afresh in 2019 and to follow His lead along this now slightly altered business path to the newness ahead.
What about you?
Has life offered up a rocky path lately; have the plans you made for next year come to a grinding halt even before you got to sing Auld Lang Syne at the stroke of midnight on the cusp of 2019?
I encourage you to let go with grace that which was and to open your hands to what is yet to be, trusting Jesus will be there guiding, loving and instructing you as you face whatever changes are to occur. He loves you. His plans for you, for me, are always for the best even when we cannot understand them. For now we look through a glass dimly…but one day all will be made clear.
As we step into a new year, may I encourage you to hold tightly to all that breathes life into your world, all that brings goodness and light, and all the relationships you wish to cherish and nurture. Open your heart to what is yet to come and let contentment flourish during your season of waiting.
On the flip side, as chaff is sifted from wheat, let go of the unnecessary; the superfluous; the things that rob you from living your best life; the things that hinder a closer walk with Jesus, and those dreams which were not meant to be.
And dear ones, may the Lord lift your heart with a happier and more blessed New Year than you could have planned for.