Friends, 2021 is here. We started 2020 with the best of intentions. With each passing day, however, it turned out to be a roller coaster ride that moved fast and furiously along every hill, loop-the-loop, twist, dip, and turn.
Even with the turmoil still going at full power as we enter 2021, the familiar routine of turning the calendar to January and preparing to tackle fresh goals and possibilities remains. Whatever is important to us is usually our focus for the year. Whether it is resting more to recharge or digging in to turn things around in our lives, we tend to like setting the tone for it in January.
In the era of COVID-19, the top of the year is quite different for us. I laughed out loud at a meme that said something like “If I’m going to agree to 2021, I’ll need to see some terms and conditions.” Another meme gave orders for 2021 to “come in real quiet and don’t touch nothing.” (If you have or work with children, you know this speech. You give it when you’re going somewhere and need for them to be on their best behavior.) While we desperately want to anticipate the best in 2021, so much has happened to rock our world that many of us are only comfortable with just dipping our toes in the shallow water of hope.
It is certainly wise to cautiously put our hope in the outcome of our circumstances. Our knowledge and experience can sometimes be of no help when situations that had a chance of working out end up not working out at all. Yet, the scripture for the month in Isaiah 43:2-3 illustrates what God promises He will do when His people are in trouble. So, should our hope be in our circumstances, our experience, or God? The answer: God. We can confidently put our hope in God.
No matter how deep the waters of our circumstances get, God is with us and won’t let us drown. It doesn’t matter how heated our situations get, God will not let them burn us up. God knows the end from the beginning. This is His world, and He knows the full story of what is happening to us now. We can put our hope in Him because of this. God is fully capable of guiding us through what lies ahead. While we might get a little water in our lungs and the flames might burn a few layers of skin, we can put our hope in God rescuing us before it’s too late and nurturing us to a strong recovery.
I hope this bit of encouragement is helpful. Keep scrolling to find out how can connect and grow together to hope (more) in God this year instead of just hoping for the best. I'd love for you to join me!