“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you’.” Isaiah 41:13
A most Happy and Blessed New Year to all!
“I stand between the years. The Light of My Presence is flung across the year to come – the radiance of the Sun of Righteousness. Backward, over the past year, is My Shadow thrown, hiding trouble and sorrow and disappointment. … I hold the year in My Hands – in trust for you. But I shall guide you one day at a time. … And for each day I shall supply the wisdom and the strength.” (An excerpt from January 1st in “God Calling”, A.J. Russell)
For many years the above excerpt from “God Calling” has been my favorite reflection to begin the New Year. It brings such comfort to know He is in control. Even so, like many, I have the tendency to want to know the outcome before I begin. Sometimes I spend so much time ‘getting started’ that I never really begin! I research, organize, question, and plan. I want every little detail in place to assure success before I actually begin. In the August 24th entry from “Journey Through The Stillness”, my personal spiritual journal shared on facebook, He tells me, “It is that first step that is the hardest. Remember when you stepped out onto facebook? Wasn’t I there leading the way? The first step leads to the next, and so on.”
The reality is success is never secure. There are just too many variables outside our control. Ultimately, we are not in control of anything except our actions, our free will. We give our best effort, and then hope for the best outcome. However, if we are honest, sometimes the failures we experience are actually successes, because they lead us to the next step, to the right step, the right plan… the real success.
I tend to tussle with Jesus over this very thing quite often. I want perfection; He wants action. Or, I want to be part of the flock when He wants me to lead the flock! I often say He drags me kicking and screaming to what is good for me. And while hindsight is 20/20, I know if I was allowed to see all before I began I might run backwards and never realize the good that was in store for me!
I have come to learn He will not ask anything of me He doesn’t already know I can do. He assures me, if I step out in faith, all I need will be waiting for me. He understands I want to know all the steps before I take the first one, but this is not His way. His Way is Trust. Only after many convincing signs of His will for me to do so, did I begin to share my faith outwardly, through my personal journal on facebook. It is the same with the website and blog. I have truly stepped out in faith and trust, and He has met me with everything I need. Has it been easily done, NO; but able to be done? YES!
Remember, He holds the year for you in Trust. Think about this; let it sink in. Then, unafraid, step out into your New Year in trust. All you need will be there. What is waiting there for you?