It’s the last day of 2014. My mind is swirling with thoughts of this past year. Most of this past year contains good memories. Then, there are some days that I’d rather forget. Even with the good and the bad, time keeps moving forward.
The clock of LIFE is ticking.
I can’t help but know that the trials of 2014 have brought forth some growth, too. As I sit here and think about what happened, it’s hard to grasp that so much of the events were not under my control. I have learned a great lesson in 2014: I can only control my attitude and my effort. Everything else is in God’s hands. With this great lesson embraced, I can look at 2015 and smile.
My Ways are not His Ways
As I go to sleep tonight, I am hopeful that tomorrow, January 1, 2015, will be a metaphorical fresh start. My job description, as a child of God, is to walk by faith. My Father in Heaven knows my path. He knows what steps I will take. He knows the number of my days. He knows His Will and His Way for me. I am choosing to face the future with a fresh perspective. Some days are much easier to accept, and I have to cling to those easy days. For when the turbulent days abound, and Lord knows they will come, I can hang on stronger because of the foundation laid in days past.
I have no idea…
What to expect. Sure, I can plan out my calendar. I can make a to-do list. I have my ten goals that I plan to reach. I will keep pushing forward. Yet, in all of this surety, I really have no idea what will come to fruition. Isn’t that how life works, anyway? That’s why faith, courage, strength, hope, and love are so crucial to understanding and fulfilling our lives on earth. I have learned to live with my palms open, face down, waiting for God to take my hand and lead me on.
My footprints, His footprints
One of my favorite poems is titled, Footprints. It’s a small script of a person who notices that there are two sets of footprints in the sand. But, when there was a point of hardship, the person noticed only one set of footprints. The end of the poem resolves this person’s fear by saying that the one set represents God and God alone. The person was being carried by God during the time of hardship.
My hope and prayer for 2015 is that I will see two sets of footprints on the good days. I want to be walking side by side with my Jesus. And then, on the hardship days, I will know without a shadow of a doubt that the one set of footprints will be my heavenly Father’s footprints… for I will be carried in his loving arms.
My prayer for you, dear reader, is to fall into the arms of Jesus. Let Him take you by the hand, walk beside Him, and lean on Him when the storm may come.
May 2015 be your year to reconcile, reconnect, and restore relationships.