Today is December 27, 2015 and it is 8:13 in the evening. I finally got the kitchen cleaned up about thirty minutes ago and sat down because my family sat around the table for a long time after lunch and we finally had my birthday cake! The special new family member, my new little great-niece, was in attendance and I got to hold her precious little self and that is a treat, especially since she was peacefully sleeping, resting up so she could keep her parents awake all night again! So now with my family gone on their annual trek to Disney World I have the house to myself and it is so quiet that I can hear the echoes of conversations and laughter left over from a week of Christmas celebrations and it’s time for “mama” to rest and do a little thinking about the past week, Christmas, my birthday, a new baby in the family and the upcoming New Year!
A birthday is a marker, a day to look at the year behind you and remember all the things that have happened in that twelve month period. Maybe your year had successes, failures, death of a loved one, perhaps an important graduation or even a marriage. Having examined it carefully you can then look forward to the twelve months ahead and in looking back you saw some things that need to be changed, some things you might do differently, a chance to start over, kind of like the way we feel on New Year’s Eve.
With Christmas behind us we say, “Here we go again” and then watch the TV coverage that comes from Times Square, New York City, which is teeming with people who are celebrating, and from the looks of some of them, they will never remember when, nor how, the New Year came in! Everyone will make resolutions and as usual, my own resolutions will have to do with health plans and getting myself more organized! So, Day 1 of the new year whether it is the coming 2016 or day one of your own birthday new year you say, “What will I do?”
Isaiah 43:16-21 This is what God says, the God who builds a road right through the ocean, who carves a path through pounding waves, “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present, I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?”
There it is! Some of us spend way too much time thinking about things in the past. I know that I tend to think on the way things “used to be” and all it does is to tug at your heart until it drags you down, down, down into the doldrums of depression! I am going to make an effort to spend more time thinking about what I can do to improve myself on a day-to-day basis, trying to stay positive!
An old song says, “Yesterday’s gone, sweet Jesus, and tomorrow may never be mine, so help me today, show me the way, One Day at a Time” I think the author of that song must have read Matthew 6:34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
Start a new day, week, job, year, whichever applies, on a positive note by deciding that you will not worry about things but take them to the Lord in prayer and remember 1 Peter 5:6-7 “So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.”
Whether God calls you, or one of your loved ones home we need to be ready and tell people Jesus is coming soon and probably sooner than any one could have imagined! You probably remember hearing that phrase for all of your life, but this is the only time we can say it knowing that all the prophecies concerning the coming of the Lord have been fulfilled!
Read Jesus’ words, Matthew 24:29-36 “Following those hard times, Sun will fade out, moon cloud over, Stars fall out of the sky, cosmic powers tremble. “Then, the Arrival of the Son of Man! It will fill the skies—no one will miss it. Unready people all over the world, outsiders to the splendor and power, will raise a huge lament as they watch the Son of Man blazing out of heaven. At that same moment, he’ll dispatch his angels with a trumpet-blast summons, pulling in God’s chosen from the four winds, from pole to pole. “Take a lesson from the fig tree. From the moment you notice its buds form, the merest hint of green, you know summer’s just around the corner. So it is with you: When you see all these things, you’ll know he’s at the door. Don’t take this lightly. I’m not just saying this for some future generation, but for all of you. This age continues until all these things take place. Sky and earth will wear out; my words won’t wear out. “But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels not even the Son. Only the Father knows.”
In Luke 19:13 we are told “Occupy till I come”, so having started on my next 363 till my next birthday with the new year less than a week away, I intend to do just that, how about you?