A New Year’s Invitation

I look into a New Year with its uncertainties: Will this happen? Will that?

I ask Jesus to tell me what is coming, but rather than tell me what I believe I hear Him reminding Who – who He is and who He will be to me and those I love no matter what the future brings.

In this way He responds to my queries with something richer than answers: an invitation to know Him more deeply.

In recent days, my heart has fed on these words:

Even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save,” (Isaiah 46:4).

“I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is                  not in man who walks to direct his steps,” (Jer 10:23).

He found (Jacob) in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye . . .  the LORD alone guided him,” (Deut 32:10-12).

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord,” (Romans 8:38-39).

So in the waiting spaces, the spaces of unknowing, I find Him offering His “precious and very great promises,” (2 Peter 1:4). And as I look ahead to 2014 I pray for the grace to desire Him more than I desire certainty about my future.

He is the One promising to guide my steps, to keep me – wonder of wonders – as the apple of His eye, and to carry me. He promises that whatever tomorrow holds, it cannot separate me from His love.

And knowing Him this way, knowing He is all this to me, is better than knowing what will come. May I wait in patience, allowing Him to use life’s uncertainties to shape in me the grace to treasure Him who treasures me.

I pray He will do the same for you in 2014.

Happy New Year.

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