The start of this year was very different for me.
As a teacher, I used to start the year with a year plan. Each term was broken up into what needs to be achieved. Every day was planned and there were goals to reach before mid-year and final exams. I used to have a great perspective of where I was and where I needed to go.
This year started and I had zero reference points. This is the first time I am starting a year without a job or school/varsity of any kind. This is the first time I am starting a year without an ending in mind.
I have to be honest, I felt quite nostalgic for the start of the school year and the familiarity that it brought with it. I have no idea what this year is going to bring. Living on one income, my husband and I take each month one at a time.
Our sermon at church this week was great. It cemented in my heart what I thought God was telling me about the year ahead: That 2017 is going to be the year of adventure! So I decided to start my year with God’s plan in mind. I have no road map for the year. I don’t know where we are going or how we are going to get there, but Psalm 119 verse 105 says Gods word is a lamp to my feet and light to my path, so I am going to trust that He knows what this year holds and that He will reveal to me what I need to know, as we go along.
But this kind of thinking is dangerous because it leads you to believe that God is safe and predictable and going to lead down a rosy path to a good life. If you think that God is boring and only concerned with following rules and living a good life, you need to re-educate yourself. God is wild and fierce and alive. He is untameable like a wild lion, majestic and powerful like a summer storm. Don’t take for granted what you think you know, find out more!
He is in the business of abundant life, not half hearted existence. God is more concerned about us being fully alive than about keeping us comfortable. I don’t want to live a predictable, cozy life that ticks all the boxes of “normal” if it means that I am missing out on what God has in store for me.
How am I going to make 2017 count? I am going to let God take me on whatever adventure He has planned for me, because His plans far supersede any plans that I could possibly make. His ideas are limitless and His thoughts are immeasurable. I want to be wild and fierce and fight bravely in battles like Him. I can’t wait for the adventure to start.
If you would like to hear more about God’s nature and His plans for you, listen to our sermon from this week. Just follow the link below.