Life is a journey, and this past year it has taken quite a few unexpected turns. Last year at this time I was thinking that 2020 was going to be an ordinary year. 2020 was anything but ordinary! I think it was ten years wrapped into one. That leg of the journey brought so many friends; old friends, new friends and it exposed the true friends. I have been amazed at the kindness and generosity of people. I learned that hope isn’t what I thought it was. 2020 brought miracles. It brought amazing gifts, joy and miraculous transformations. 2020 also brought pain, grief and disappointment. There were moments of anxiety like I’ve never experienced. Oh, there was also a pandemic. And riots. But let me tell you, I experienced the goodness of the Lord like never before. He has answered my cries for help. He has comforted me. He has answered prayers in the most unique ways. Sometimes I try to process it all, and I can’t. How is it possible that so much happened in 12 months time?
What does 2021 hold? My family already had our first major plot twist. We have made some decisions that are kind of turning our world upside down. We also have multiple celebrations to look forward to and I’m full of joyful anticipation. But, I’m also very conflicted. Last night I started crying in the kitchen. It’s only January and I have already felt all the emotions that there are to feel.
In the midst of it all, I know that God holds those who love him close. In the scary moments, we can cling to him. In the sad moments, he weeps with us. He rejoices with us in our celebrations. He loves us always and will never leave us or forsake us.
The Lord has put a verse on my heart that I think will be my theme for 2021. “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:4
I don’t know what this year will bring, but I know that my Heavenly Father is in control. So, c’mon 2021! Bring it on!