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What 2011 will bring.

Monday, January 10th, 2011


I’ve been searching for a theme, a word, a verse, a concept, and have none.  But what I’ve found in years past, 2010 included, is that planning for what a year will bring is quite silly anyway.  In fact, the Bible tells me not to plan for my life, except to say, “if it is the Lord’s will.” For me, the unknown brings anxiety, but planning doesn’t help.  A young friend posted on Facebook the other day:

Have you been asking God what he is going to do?  He will never tell you.  God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you who He is.

Around the time Eric and I started dating, I was to a point when I was having anxiety attacks about once a week.  My Mama asked me how he handled it, and I told her, “He tells me what’s true.”  She said that was exactly what she hoped I’d say.

Because when I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, I do still know something. I know myself and my tendencies, which I think are the basis of most traditional New Year’s Resolutions; but most importantly, I know my God.

This is what he has told me:

He is my refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)

He has kept count of my tossings and put my tears in His bottle.  (Psalm 56:8)

He is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20)

He knows better than any man how to give good gifts to his children. (Matthew 7:11)

He made the greatest sacrifice and gave the greatest gift in sending Jesus to be punished for my sin. (John 3:16)

He will come back to righteously judge the world, and will trade my sin for Christ’s sinlessness.  Everyone will get the punishment he deserves – except those who trust in Christ’s righteousness. (Acts 17:31)

He is making all things new: no more crying, no more pain, no more grief. (Revelation 21:4-5)

This is what I need to remember, daily, in 2011.  No “resolution” made of my own strength can match the work he is able to accomplish in and through me.

Happy 2011, readers.  It is my prayer that you remember or discover these truths this year.