Not too long ago many of us were reflecting on 2019 and hoping for a more prosperous New Year. With the Year being 2020, we were claiming it to be a year of vision. A year, perhaps of clearing the cobwebs and planning our next moves with a clear vision and purpose. Nine months and now so many are asking how it could’ve gone so wrong. Ready once again to blame 2020 for sucking out our joy.
I may be inclined to go along with that myself, but when I reflect on past years that have included tornados and hurricanes, I also find the gold of new grandchildren, new marriages, the pride of an adult child graduating from college, and the like. So please, I beg you…find some joy. And yes, I know it can be bitter and hard, especially in the time of Covid and natural disasters. So many have lost so much. But we MUST persevere.
This year has been an immense personal struggle for me, starting in January with a shoulder injury and leading up to today with a not so favorable diagnosis of an illness that has plagued me for weeks. But I have prayed, and I have NOT prayed because I couldn’t and didn’t know how, and I have leaned on others to pull me through with their prayers, and I’ve not quit. The thing I want the most is to be here with my family, and play and have joy. Most times that’s easy, and sometimes, I’m so weak it’s hard work. But that song reverberates in my head from when I was a child in Sunday school…do you know the one? Yes, Jesus loves me? There’s a line that says, “I am weak but he is strong.” His Spirit that lives inside of me is strong. So I will come out okay. Better than okay. It’s okay to be weak. He gives us strength for one day at a time, IF we can surrender. Again, not always easy, but this is where peace is found, where strength is found, where hope is found.
If we can just keep loving each other, helping each other, being kind to one another…That’s Jesus, that’s love, that’s where we find Him. None of us gets out alive by the way. So let’s love while we still can. Broken people can still love and be loved…I’m living proof. If you can surrender your brokenness you can find strength and peace now…even in the time of Covid or some other sickness, cancer, or disaster. Maybe our vision is even better than we thought. I for one am finding my brokenness to be a chance to draw near to Jesus heart and learn from his brokenness and find strength in his character and sacrifice. That sacrifice was and still is the greatest gift, his greatest vision. I’ll take it.💙2020
Just my 2cents, Peace ✌️