For many of us 2019 had many curve balls, road closures, bumpy rides, lost coins, loud explosions, wreckage, and unplanned incidents during the weeks, months, and year. As the weeks rolled into months, it felt like we lost our road maps and left abandoned in uncharted waters leaving only our heads above the water. For many of us how we wished we had a real-life fairy godmother or better yet a chance to be touched by angel who would magically erase all the bad memories of 2019.
Rejection, loneliness, uncontrolled tears, misunderstandings and broken dreams speaks in all languages, is widely known in all countries, and visits all races of people. The truth is, we live in a dysfunctional world and it remains God’s original plan that we do not do life without Him. He offers us peace and comfort while we skillfully and carefully maneuver our way through the chaos.
But here is where life gets tricky – Satan also has a plan. And his plan is to make you reject God’s plan by saying, ‘Nah, no God thing.’ Why? Because he enjoys seeing you and I screaming and having a meltdown on the roller coaster of total misery year after year. Some trust in doctors and some trust in people but few trust God to stop the crazy ride.
As the sorrows increased and our expectations met challenges the laughter faded into the sunsets. For many of us things weren’t as easy as we thought it would have been on January 1 2019. Real life issues thoughtlessly wrecked havoc on our great expectations followed by waves of bitterness, resentment, and negativity that took away our confidence and fight.
We all had great expectations for 2019 but for some of us when expectations meet reality on December 31 – we will be disappointed that things don’t go as planned. Many times, we wish – ‘If only I could change how this year will end.’ But no such luck my friends. It takes real faith in God to stop and say, ‘This is not how I want my story to end. I don’t know how things are going to work out, but I must trust God to give me a better ending.’
When expectations run low it’s easy to give up on God – I’ve been there countless times. But I have read the Bible well and I know God allows us to run into problems and difficulties to find Him. When darkness seems to hide His face, I REST ON HIS UNCHANGING GRACE. We gain strength and stamina like our friends who enroll in a gym. They commit to strenuous workouts to get their expected results, and we will too when our faith is in God.
As humans, we don’t lose confidence in our personal trainers as quickly as we lose patience in God’s judgment call when He applies the weights on our shoulders. I wish I can tell you it’s easy or enjoyable but I can tell you – stamina develops character, and character boosts our confidence in God. And HOPE in God never ends in disappointment.
We can honestly say, ‘God, I don’t understand it all and I don’t know what 2020 will bring for me but I know I can trust You.’ The interruptions of life are not designed for us to feed off our unstable emotions BUT to allow God to intervene if we will only ask Him to. We CANNOT do life without God. At the end of life, you will have to face Him anyway.
God gives HOPE in the interruptions of life. Like the picture-perfect gym instructor – God knows that toughness of spirit develops strength of character and boosts our confidence in Him. Stay in the fight – 2020 is the Year of Intervention. Intervention means “To come between, interrupt.” Get ready for your intervention! I don’t know what it may look like BUT there will be an intervention.
Without a goal in mind you wouldn’t know when you get there. You maybe distracted by the clowns in the show, or confused by the long seasons, or frustrated by the many curve balls but don’t lose hope in God’s wisdom which passes our limited understanding. We are crossing over to the other side of perfect peace with or without our expected ending.
My friends, you do matter to God. You are important to Him otherwise you will not be reading this. You have my deepest respect for doing all you can to stay alive, but don’t let another year pass with you trying to do life without God. Don’t lose hope! Don’t quit!
Faith in God means trusting in GOD’S TIMING! You cannot win doing it your way. You may smile for the camera, but your pillows will always tell you the true story. At the end of the day you are still no match for God. God sees you are trying. He knows that you are trying it on your own and the sad reality is, He isn’t going to pull your stuff away from you. He will wait for you to bring them to Him.
Someone said, ‘Happy is the person who LEARNS to WAIT as he prays and never loses his patience, for God’s time is THE BEST TIME.’ The prayers you have prayed in the beginning of 2019 – God heard and He is waiting to talk them over with you. Communication is the key to all relationships.
Happy New Year to you. 2020 is the YEAR OF PLENTY! There’s going to be an intervention. Every storm runs out of rain. So hold your head up and tell yourself that there’s something more to live for. And don’t forget to be gentle with yourself.