December 31, 2019
Today we stand in between two different appointments in time—the end of a decade and the beginning of a fresh, new set of years.
Tomorrow is not just another day because we have been given the gift of a blank page, a fresh start, a new hope, a clean slate. A lot can happen in ten years.
As I look back, the past decade contained milestones in my life—I hit my lowest point ever; I decided to follow Jesus; I graduated from college (woohoo!); I began working; I discovered my love for writing and travel; I met new friends from church who turned into lifelong ones; I moved out of my mom’s house (thrilling and exciting times); I fell in love (with Jesus, obviously!).
Even if I were to try to write down everything that has happened in the last decade, no book on earth would be able to contain all of my experiences. So I can only expect that in this new decade, so many things could change—from people (for better or worse) to addresses to work to relationship statuses (Lord, please).
TBH the thought of 2020 frightens me.
I’m afraid of not knowing what I will be doing ten years from now. I’m worried that I might drift away from the people I care about today. And I’m anxious that life might not be as kind to me in the next few years.
But in the midst of shifting times, seasons, and statuses, I’m reminded that only one thing really remains:
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Reflecting on this truth today is the only thing that brings me hope for the decade to come.
If this were true, it would mean that everything that I know about Jesus—the Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting Father, Provider, Comforter, Friend, and many more—remains uncompromised despite the passing of time.
If this were true, then that would mean that God will always be with me in all of life’s changes; after all, He is Immanuel.
He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.
Isaiah 33:6 (NIV)
And because Jesus is unaffected by the passing of time, this means that He is never surprised by the changes that will come our way in the years to come. He remains seated at the right hand of the Father, King for all eternity.
As we step into a new decade in a few hours, let’s welcome it by holding onto Jesus who has worked in us and is not yet done with us. He is God with us—yesterday and today and forever.
Happy New Decade!