With the new year approaching we start thinking about what we would like to see happen or do differently this time around. We think about what all that has taken place over the course of this last year and some may think I wish I had said or done things differently, while others are ecstatic at how this year turned out for them. With the new year coming change may be coming as well with jobs, babies, marriages, etc… Regardless, change is often seen as a bad thing but it doesn’t have to be that way. We see change happen around us on a daily basis. If you look outside you can see the seasons change. The color of the leaves changing, the spring flowers blooming, snowing lying on the ground…
Ecclesiastes 3 is a great verse that often reminds me that no matter how much we don’t want things to change they will and there is a time for everything.
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. a time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time to war and a time for peace. Eccles 3: 1-8
No matter what the future holds we can feel secure in who holds our future. God will provide and He knows what our future holds. He already knows the ending of our story so we should not stress or have anxiety about change. “He holds in his hand the depths of the earth and the mightiest of mountains. The sea belong to him, for he made it” Psalm 95:4-5a. If the God who created this amazing world and created you and me knows the plans he has for you, Jeremiah 29:11, then we can trust him with the new year and our next steps.