As I reflect back on this past year, one thing that stands out to me is the fact that I really have no idea what will transpire in a new year, the people I will meet, the opportunities for ministry I will, the challenges I will face, and more. That is why I love the quote from Bilbo Baggins in Lord of the Rings so much.
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
Last year at this time, I had no idea that I would meet refugees from Ukraine and help them with their new lives in America. I had no inkling that because of generous people I would be able to get a nice vehicle after my 16 year old van died. I had no clue that I would end up seeing yet another kind of medical specialist.
But I do not need to have an idea about what the future will bring. I only need to know the person who knows the future and has all power-Jesus.
Jesus created everything. In John 1:1-3 we read:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
The Word, one of the titles for Jesus, created all things. One of those things was time. In Genesis 1:3-5 we read:
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
Jesus created time for us to live within, but he is not bound by time. He is eternal. So that means that he is with us now and in the future at the same time. That is most comforting for me to embrace. Jesus our Savior who loves us also knows our future.
So my only insight about a new year is look to Jesus. He loves us, has all power, and knows what will happen.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.