The great Scottish poet, Robert Burns, once wrote, “The best laid schemes o’ mice and men gang aft a-gley.” I would roughly translate it: our best plans usually mess up.
My husband and I made 2020 plans, but the Lord saw fit to change them up, show His hand in the solutions, and guide us through. We are thankful. Many days, I had to consciously choose to worship, and it was the best theme word for the year I could have chosen. (Scroll down to the previous post to read the specifics.)
Now, we’re beginning a New Year. It brings with it some bright hopes and also trepidations. Optimists see it as a clean slate. Pessimists are scared to crack the door open to 2021. I personally look forward to getting settled, if God permits.
Last year–seems funny to say that–we sold our home back in Spain, moved to the United States, and are presently living with family. My husband and I look forward to having our own home and we’re actively working on that. Everything on this side of the ocean is new and different. Most proceedings require paperwork and patience, and I foresee more of that.
What does 2021 hold?
Only the Lord knows.
The Bible gives some great advice: Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that (James 4:13-15).
In the great scheme of things, our lives are so short, the Lord compares them to water vapor. We are fog, clouds, steam-like. Ephemeral. With eternity in view, our lives are mere blips on the time line.
But, this doesn’t mean our lives are unimportant or insignificant. They are. God is involved and He will guide us well. If He wills, we shall live and do this, or that. It’s a great way to live and the right way to die. For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death (Psalm 48:14).
If I had made my own plans last year and everything had gone perfectly according to them, I would not have been able to watch God do the impossible, move “mountains,” and give supernatural strength. I would have depended on myself to do it all—and would’ve failed miserably. The reason we are where we are today is because of God’s guidance, enabling, and provision.
What does 2021 hold?
It’s an opportunity to trust the Lord even more. We can hold onto His hand and follow Him. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me (Matthew 16:24). Following Jesus means denying self and identifying with Him.
What an opportunity! We get to follow God as He leads us perfectly. As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him (Psalm 18:30).
The word buckler is a shield. It is better than any corona virus shield or vaccine. God Himself is a body shield for us. His way is perfect, and His Word has been proven.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalm 119:105).
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee (Isaiah 26:3).
But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee (Psalm 5:11).
I am going to choose JOYFUL as my theme word for 2021, knowing that I can be joyful in Jesus, whatever my circumstances.
If you choose a theme word or theme verse or phrase for this New Year, please feel free to share it in the comments.
Happy New Year!