It seems weird and unfamiliar to use the date 2022 but I praise God we can all say goodbye to 2021. It was a year that is best described as a real stinker.
From an insurrection in the US Capital, President Trump’s second impeachment, winter storms overwhelming Texas’ inadequate power grid resulting in numerous deaths and incredibly high property damage, fights about what is science, Bill Cosby being set free on a technicality, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos spending millions of dollars racing to see who could be the first to the edge of space, Hurricane Ida making landfall resulting in at least 94 deaths, the United States making a disastrous retreat from Afghanistan leaving our partners to die at the hands of the merciless Taliban, a US drone strike in Kabul killing 10 innocent civilians, starving Afghans selling their daughters for food, Governor Cuomo resigning amid the clouds of scandal, Chris Cuomo is fired from CNN, R&B singer R. Kelly is found guilty of being a monster that destroyed many young girl’s lives, over 800,000 Americans die from Coronavirus (I have buried my fair share), Ethan Crumbly massacring students at Oxford High School with a gun his parents bought him for Christmas, Russia amassing an army on the Ukrainian border causing the world to teeter closer to World War lll, China threatening Taiwan causing the world to teeter closer to World War lll, Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty of being a monster that destroyed many young girl’s lives, race relations deteriorating, and those voted to govern and care for us becoming nothing more than political prostitutes, the list of bad news from 2021 goes on and on…..
But if you think about it, what else can we expect? We live in a broken, fallen world.
The good news is those who follow Jesus Christ don’t fixate and obsess over the past. While we can learn from it, we are the ones who are moving into the future.
When the Israelites were trapped between the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s army, God made a way.
When Gideon was leading 300 weirdos, who drank water like dogs, against an uncountable army, God made a way.
When the impenetrable walls of Jericho stood in the way of Joshua’s conquering the Promised Land, God made a way.
When a hopeless leper desperately knelt before Jesus asking for healing, God made a way.
When Paul and Silas were in chains in the center of a prison, God made a way.
And most importantly, when evil owned our souls, through the cross, GOD MADE THE WAY!
This is what the writer of Hebrews meant by saying, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)
So, even if your world seems bleak and hopeless, know you have a future. Light will shine in your life again.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in those moments when I give in to hopelessness and despair, remind me of your power, grace, and love. Give me hope when times are hard, light when I am in darkness, and peace when I am in the midst of the storm. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
God is in your future, waiting for you to arrive. You are never alone. God will always make a way.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.