A new decade. What joy a new year and a new decade bring. “Behold! I make all things new!”
I have read so much from others about how they hope 2010 is much better than 2009. Everyone wants better finances or better luck or better health. With a brand new year, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype and hope that the past will be washed away and the slate will be clean.
I was beginning to wonder if I had already ruined my new start. While the new year started quietly, I quickly got caught up in the back to schedule rush. Kids went back to school after break only to get ready for mid terms exams. Crazy. Our daily schedule was starting to fill up with a meeting here and pick up early there. Then the snow and ice came in and we were suddenly sent home to hunker down. With freezing temps, we had a little snow and a lot of ice. When I took the dog out for a walk, I slipped in the ice. I was stunned, but fine. My thumb nail broke my fall, and I only bruised my left elbow/forearm. I got back up and continued my walk in the grass, off the icy road. On the way back, I had to cross over a driveway and knew that the area was icy so I tried to walk careful. Careful or not, I slipped again and this time bruised my right elbow/forearm. Ouch. I’m beginning not to like icy weather. As if this contact with ice were not enough, I decided to run errands on Saturday, and learned that the ice was still bad in our subdivision and in fact, one solid sheet of ice would send me spinning and crashing into a brick mailbox. Again, I was fine, but my car, not so much. Insurance will cover the mailbox and car, except for $1000 deductible. I’m fine physically, just mad at myself for letting it happen.
So far 2010 has been pretty crappy. Have I blown the year and the century already? Maybe I’ve gotten all my bad luck out of the way. Well I don’t beleive in mystical karma. I beleive that sometimes life gives you lemons. I’m still incredibly blessed. I’m lucky to have a house to stay warm in, a dog to walk, and a car to drive. I have more comforts than many people in the world will ever know. Will I count my blessings, or wallow in pity.
Today someone sent me a great e-mail that really helped give me perspective.
Top Ten Predictions For 2010
1. The Bible will still have all the answers you need.
2. Prayer will still work.
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.
6. There will still be singing of praise to God.
7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8. There will still be room at the Cross.
9. Jesus will still love you.
10. Jesus will still save the lost.
God whispers in your soul and speaks to your mind.
Sometimes when you don’t have time to listen,
He has to throw a brick at you.
It’s your choice:
Listen to the whisper, or wait for the brick.
Thanks, God. I got the brick and the point is not lost on me. I love you too!