The lapse of time gives credence to the fact that any new thing does get old. The new year is already loosing its newness; it’s getting old.
For some the year is unfolding favourably, like the bright-coloured petals of a flower roused by the warmth of sunrise; for others it is like a shriveling flower hanging limp and dull in the scorching sun. Life for some is like wine, getting better with age; for others it’s like bad milk, every day increasing in foulness. Some feel this is an injustice, or a disparity of life.
The vicissitude of life is a universal leveler – it happens to us all, at different times, in different ways, to different extents. One minute we seem to have our ducks lined up in a row, the next minute we cannot make sense of our lives. I was jolted by news of the death of a colleague’s teenage daughter a few days ago. The peace with which they swam into the year has been rudely interrupted. I can’t begin to imagine the grief he and his family are going through over this loss. One can be sunk down by the weight of such grief.
You may be hurting from a disappointment or an injustice, lamenting over a slip up, failing in living out your resolutions, feel stuck in a frustrating situation, paying the price of a wrong choice…
In spite of how deplorable your situation may be, it is not out of place to be positive and still be hopeful. It is tough, yet it is the right attitude. Disappointments are temporary, they can be stepping stones while they last; beneficial lessons can be gleaned from mistakes and bad choices; resolutions can be remade, and achieved; you are not stuck in that rut for good. Don’t give up! Failure is not falling down or being knocked down, it is remaining in your fallen state and refusing to get back up. If you get up as many times as you fall, you will eventually be good at how not to fall. Things can only get better, if you always remember that, “problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines (Robert H. Schuller).” The year 2015 still holds a lot of promise for you.
Put your trust in God. As you strive, remember you cannot do it alone. You need the help of Him who knows the end from the beginning. Jesus says, ‘Apart from me you can’t do a thing.’ (John 15:5). Our sovereign God knows and cares about your predicament. He promises “I will never leave you, I will never abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5). “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.” (Psalms 34:19). Heed to the counsel in the lines of a Kirk Franklin song, “God’s Got it All in Control.’
If you can just hold on,
My brother just be strong, my sister God, oh God;
God’s got your problems all in control.
He’s working out, it’s in control.
So just hold on.
How do you plan to forge ahead this year, in spite of challenges?