Happy New Year! Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I don’t have a lot of success with sticking to them, so I really don’t make any. I love the concept of one word to focus on in the new year, and this year my one word is HOPE.
And that gives me HOPE.
I love this passage in Isaiah 43:16-19 –
This is what the Lord says—
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,
who drew out the chariots and horses,
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
Wow! God promises them that He is doing a new thing, despite all the hardships they had faced.
I am counting on God to prepare a way for me in the new year. I am trusting that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and that He will shepherd me and lead me in the new year.
Because I have spent some time feeling broken, and not knowing where else to turn, and God has to be enough. I have to trust in Him to prepare a way, to help me perceive the new things He is doing, to provide streams in the wasteland.
My hope, my one word – my Hope – is in God.
When my heart was overflowing in His goodness – Hope.
When my days were long and very normal – Hope.
For those days I could not move – Hope.
To remind me that He was making a way – Hope.
As I stood at the doorway to 2014, it was a good time to look back, to thank God for the Hope he provided. It was also a special time to thank Him for the many times that He made a way for me, to remember the streams He provided in the wilderness days of my year.
I’m entering 2014, taking all the God-moments from last year, and looking ahead with One name on my lips – Jesus – and with hope in my heart.
Hope. It’s my one word for 2014.
Happy new year, dear friends!