God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.
Psalm 46:1-3 (King James Version)
We’re coming to the end of 2016, and what a ride it’s been. It seemed like yesterday I was writing my New Year’s post on January 1, 2016 when I hoped and looked forward to the new things God had in store for us. And despite the fact 2016 had events that challenged us collectively and personally, God still had new things for us. Some of us this year grew spiritually and cast off shit that kept them from living fully. Others (like me) woke up and took a good look at their lives and vowed to make them meaningful. Some went through some deep shit that tested them to the very core, yet they came out “as pure gold.” For someone, their dreams finally manifested this year. Bad relationships were dissolved, whilst new relationships were born.
However, we’re entering 2017; and what will face us as we enter this brand New Year? What personal challenges will we face? What victories we’ll celebrate-or losses to endure-in 2017. Will our dreams finally manifest in 2017, or will they be deferred (again) for another day? What spiritual challenges will God call us to encounter. Who will come into our lives, or leave our lives this year? What will come knocking on our door in 2017?
And we wonder what will face use collectively in 2017. We’ll have a new US President with a questionable agenda coming into office. Will Syria resolve itself peacefully in 2017? What about economic hot spots like India, which is going through a banknote demonetization? Will the refugee crises resolve this new year?
Regardless of what come may, tonight’s Scripture reminds us that we have a sanctuary and empowering agent in God. That God will be there to strengthen us, engage us, keep us from falling for the shit that’s in the “world.” The psalmist assures us even when the shit hits the fan in our lives-collectively and personally-God will still be there for us to turn to. God can’t be shaken or tripped-up by whatever happens. Plus, this same God will give us power to face whatever and whoever crosses our path in 2017.
It’s been another year’s journey, yet God has brought us through-despite what’s happened. As we begin our journey into the New Year of 2017, let’s take confidence that God will bring us through as well.
Peace and Happy New Year!
(Image: Lambert Castle Observation Tower/Garrett Mountain Reservation, Paterson, NJ. February 2015. Image by Me)