Come on in, 2021. We’ve been waiting for you!
We all gladly bid farewell to 2020. I see and hear the statements, “I’m so over 2020!” and “I can’t wait for 2021 to get here!”, as if the simple flip of a calendar date will solve all of our problems. Oh, how we wish!
But I just can’t help but ponder the questions: Does Covid know it’s about to be 2021? How did my friend’s breast cancer know this was the year to make an entrance? Did hurricanes Delta and Laura say to each other, “Let’s both include NORTH Louisiana this year. Hold my Mardi Gras ticket!”
Of course not.
In the same way a virus doesn’t know to decipher between a table and the threshold of a restaurant’s door, the economic woes of a small business owner will not dissipate on the first business day of 2021. Is there any confidence that the truth regarding election corruption will actually be revealed? And is government overreach going to retreat into the hole in which it crawled out of when the ball drops in Times Square, the exact place where we are currently forbidden to inhabit? Yes, this all happened in 2020. But it’s been sneaking up on us for quite a while. And it’s assuredly NOT going to tuck its tail between its legs and sulk away from one minute to the next.
The disappointments we’ve experienced in the
last 9 months have zero connection with the year 2020. They have every connection with the evil one. He considers himself a true prince of this world. But make no mistake: he stands condemned (John 16:11).
The strike of the clock gives us a FALSE sense of hope. But hang on.
Here’s the good part: we actually do have a King!
Our King is humble, kind, loving, personable, merciful and patient. Everything Jesus did here on earth was geared toward human connection and relationships. He went to people, to the ones he created. He laid his hands on the sick. He knelt beside the dying. He comforted the grieving. He removed his shoes and walked into their homes. He ate at their tables. He taught in their living rooms. He touched them, and He allowed them to touch Him. He felt so much empathy for his friends who had just lost their brother, so much compassion that he wept over their grief. Do we really think that our Creator didn’t know what was in store for His children in the year 2020?
It’s not about a calendar date. There is no magic formula that will take affect at midnight tonight. It’s not about 2020. It’s about now. Whenever now is. 2021 will look NO DIFFERENT from 2020 unless the people of God rise up and stand for Truth, freedom and liberty. These are not given by any government or body of rulers but by the Creator of the universe, by the one true King who loves us beyond our wildest imaginations!
God created us to love Him AND love one another. He also created everything around us FOR us. Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” He also says in Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
If Jesus is your King, you cannot lose. It’s that simple!
Wanna change 2021? Strap on your full armor (Ephesians 6:10-20)! Love your neighbors and help them with whatever you have (Acts 2:45). Run to Jesus like Peter did (John 21:7)! He is our Truth. He is our Hope!
Hindsight may be 2020, but God’s vision is and has always been perfect!
Happy New Year! May God bless us all 🎊 ♥️🙌🏼