And a sword will pierce your own soul, too. Luke 2:35
That’s quite a prediction for a young teen who was up round-the-clock satisfying the hunger pains of the Son of God packaged as her new born babe. I imagine her double-take. Searching the aging eyes of the man before her, she grips the baby in her arms as the words slowly penetrate her heart. Did she tremble?
At that time Mary was in unfamiliar territory wading through a load of loss – the loss of her reputation, her family, her home…the loss of everything safe and normal and known.
Standing before her and her new husband, Joseph, was a task too daunting for anyone to fully comprehend. How often did the angel’s words flood her soul, fighting back the fear that threatened to consume? Nothing is impossible with God. Nothing is impossible with God.
Nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37
2015 makes me tremble, if I am not careful.
This is where the Christmas story comes to life. Here, as we tip toe into a New Year, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) invites us to allow Him to place our hearts in protective custody. Paul, in his letter to the persecuted Body of Christ in Philippi, reminds them that …the peace of God will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Protective custody. Guarded by the One and Only.
The blows and burdens of 2015 are not a matter of if, but when. David, having been seized by the Philistines in Gath forms a simple prayer that can become ours. When I am afraid, I will trust in you.
I spent most of 2014 wearing a yellow TRUST t-shirt. I needed that daily declaration. My crew, having grown tired of yellow, made sure I have a slew of colors to pick from this coming year, but the declaration remains the same: Trust.
It is possible.
It is possible because God will not give me anything He can’t handle.
We are safe. Jesus came to make it so.
Find your Bible. Dim the lights. Light a candle. Make Philippians 4:4-7 your New Year’s prayer.
What allows you to enter 2015 with confidence and great expectation?
First time here?
Welcome! We’re a group that gathers around the theme, “There has to be a better way.” We’re finding it in the 4-word mission statement, “Run hard. Rest well.”
- It’s a journey into the heart of God. It comes our way through an on-going exploration of four biblical rhythms that revive, replenish and restore: Sabbath Keeping, Sleep (and other simple stress-reducers), Stillness—personal retreat, and Solitude—personal retreat.
- It’s an expedition that challenges us at every turn. It convicts us in deep, tender places. It alters our priorities and plans. It’s not for the faint of heart.
- It’s adventure at its best – as we learn to run the race in a power not our own.