Goodbye 2011........Hello 2012

Friday, December 30, 2011

Another year is behind us.......and another one stands before us.   It's always interesting for me to think about the new year ahead - completely new.  365 more days of unknown territory yet to be explored; another chapter yet to be written; a brilliantly wrapped package waiting to be unopened.....a new saga....the sequel to 2011's best seller....

Okay, enough with the flowry language.  :-)  Down to business.  What I really wanted to say in this post.  :-)
I don't want the last day of 2011 to go by without giving it some thought.  Maybe you have some goals or resolutions written out already for the new year. 

I only have one this year.  Yup, just one.  Maybe I should have more....but for some reason this is the only one that seems to matter more than a typical to-do list.  It's a resolution I pray never stops appearing on my yearly list.  Here it is:

"Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth!  For I am God, and there is no other."
(Isaiah 45:22)

That's it.  I desperately resolve to look to Him every day of this coming year.  I need to be saved - oh, how I need it - and not just once, but daily!  I need saving from my obsessions, my worries, my anxieties, my
self-focus, my distractions.  In every struggle, every problem that seems un-fixable, every issue that troubles me, I resolve to look to Him.  To the One Who gave His life for me.

Because He knows what He's doing......He's working everything out for my good (Rom. 8:28). 

I desire to spend time with Him every day of this new year.  And not because I feel obligated, or because He's probably up there tapping His toes and looking down at me with head shaking and arms crossed.  No, quite the opposite - I want to be with Him because I want to be with Him.  Because I really love Him.....because He first loved me.  He's captivated me, won my heart.  I'm in awe of Him.  I want more of Him.    I want my heart to beat with His.  I want to be passionate about the things that He's passionate about.   I want to know more about this God who loved me enough to die for me. 

I have only just begun to explore the endless frontier of Him, the Saviour.  In the scope of it all, I've only dipped my finger into the Niagara Falls of God's goodness and life-changing grace. I have so far to go!  And yet, looking back, I've come so far.  When I dig far back into the caverns of my mind.....I remember little snatches of when I was seven, then nine, where I felt Him tugging on my heart.   Even as a little girl, He loved me!  It's sweet to remember.

May you all have a wonderful New Year's Eve.......reflecting on the events of last year....and looking with anticipation to the possibilities of the new.  :-)

"Every man's life is a fairytale written by God's fingers." 
~ Hans Christian Anderson


Carrie said...

I agree. I wonder what new things 2012 holds for His people, individually and as a whole.

Lily Marie said...

Couldn't agree more right there!

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