Each year we look forward to a fresh start hoping that whatever trials we went through in the previous year are indeed left there. We look forward to new beginnings, joy, peace and a sense of fulfilment in that which we have embarked upon. It may be a desire to draw closer to God, a change of career, obtaining that long sought after degree, marriage, children, retirement, purchasing a house or something else.
Whatever you decide to embark upon this year, I would like to leave this thought with you. Whenever life becomes complex, things get tough, and your dreams seem unachievable, just remember that God who delights in us spending time in His presence not as subjects to a king, or slaves to a master, but as children to a father, wants us to run into His lap, throw our arms around Him, look up into His face and tell Him, “ I love you, Daddy.”
How does God respond to such a show of affection? Even if He is dealing with affairs of the universe, He will stop everything and acknowledge our presence. Then with a smile that takes away all our doubts and fears, He leaves us with incredible joy and faith as He replies, “And I love you too.”
So take some time out, when the complexities of life set in, enter into His presence as a little child. There, leave all your stresses and cares, confident that He has the power to soothe and empower you once more for the journey ahead.
Photo by David Bowman (with permission)