Just Around the Corner: Thoughts as we begin 2015
Wow. That is my first thought when I realize that we are into a new year. Just wow. 2014 was full of so much and flew by so quickly. On a global level we saw Anti-Russian Protests in the Ukraine and subsequent action, as well as a missing airline flight. On the national scale we had a successful midterm election for the Republicans. Locally we saw a new police chief sworn in for Mount Vernon. Personally, my year held many memories and events including having the lead role in a stage show and I started dating a wonderful girl. These are of course just drops in the comprehensive ocean of events from 2014. You have your own events too- some happy and some, well, some that you wish hadn’t happened. The fact is, you and I have reached the end of another year.
So what does that mean for us?
First off, it means we’d best start dusting off those weights and adding vegetables to the shopping list because it’s time for New Year’s Resolutions.
Secondly, it means that we are being given a new white sheet of paper to draw out our adventures on- a fresh horizon full of possibilities, both good and bad. At 21 years old I am still relatively young, but I’ve gone through enough- especially in this past year- to know that life doesn’t slow down. 2015 is full of possibilities, but let’s be real, there are going to be just as many bad things as there were riots, celebrity suicides, and CIA torture scandals in 2014. It can be easy to get into the mindset of “New Year? It looks just like the old one.” And it very well might.
But it doesn’t have to.
Sometimes things are defined not by what they are, but how we perceive them. That is to say, perspective is critically important. We can look at 2015 and expect more natural disasters, political unrest, crimes, injustices, and personal tragedies and loss, and say to ourselves, “This world is a rough and terrible place. This year is going to be the same.” OR… we can remember Isaiah 45:6-7- “So that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know that there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.” That’s power. We focus so much on God’s love and grace, which is most definitely very important and wonderful, but I think we miss out on just how might and powerful He is. He can’t be restrained. The verse says he forms light- this is the God who spoke the vast cosmos into creation and who controls spiraling galaxies and interstellar constructions. He is constant and He is still guiding our world.
So yes, 2015 is here and will be full of many untold events- both wonderful and terrible. But despite facing the unknown year ahead you can smile with confidence as you count down with the ball drop and sing Auld Lang Syne because you know that you are entering a year already known by the great and mighty creator of the universe.
Here’s to a wonderful 2015! Happy New Year!