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New Things...Again
December 2020
My outdoor living space is closed. I've removed the Thanksgiving tablecloth and replaced it with the vibrant red of Christmas. Yesterday was cold enough that I snuggled under a blanket with hot tea while I made edits to my manuscript. The holiday season is here. I'm here for it. 

There's another new season approaching as well. I write about it in my upcoming book...

In a year or so, my husband and I will be empty nesters. The summer before last we were entertaining friends, a couple with young children. They asked us what we planned to do when our younger son goes off to college. I lifted a glass and declared with a cackle that only a parent who had raised teenagers would understand, “Whatever we want.” 

Cheers to that! Masterminds, plotting our next big takeover, my husband and I clinked glasses. His beer. My bubbles. We sipped in victory. As the delightful sparkling rose tickled my nose, I was suddenly awakened to a new truth. In a few years I would be able to do whatever I wanted. This should have been an exciting revelation, but there was a problem. I had no idea what I wanted to do next. 


'Tis the season! My new life is coming in 2021. So is yours. 

Isaiah 42:9 says, "See the former things have taken place, and new things I declare: before they spring into being I announce them to you."  

In Luke 1:31 God sent an angel who told Mary she would become pregnant with a child. She was to name him Jesus. In Judges 6:12 God sent an angel to Gideon to tell him "The Lord is with you." The Lord spoke to Ananias in Acts 9 and told him to go to Damascus and lay hands on Saul. Sometimes, the Lord tells you exactly what to do and why.  Sometimes...not so much. 

The Lord told Abraham in Genesis 12:1. "Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you."  Many times my decisions have been like Esther 4:16. I fast and pray to get a sense of what God wants me to do. Then, I do it with shaky hands and a pit in my stomach hoping I'm doing the right thing. "If I perish, I perish." 

2021 is Coming.

While most of us welcome the end of 2020, the coming year has just as much uncertainty as the present. If the Good Lord is willing and the creek don't rise, this time next year I will have launched my sixth book, my younger son will be in college, and my older son and his wife might be telling me that I'm going to be a "Gogo." Maybe we'll all still be wearing masks. I might still be sheltered at home most of the time. I have no idea and I'm not going to make a guess because 2020 has taught me not to speculate.

This year has taught me that it is useless to worry about the future.  It has taken the phrase "God is in control" from my lips and written it on my heart. It has removed my need for "certainty" and strengthened my faith in ambiguity. Like Abraham, all I know is that God told me to leave the old season behind. Eventually he will tell me where I'm headed. That's a promise. 

"Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”  Isaiah 30:20-21

God will direct our steps. Mine and yours. 

Are you waiting for certainty before you make a decision to move forward? Maybe God is treating you like Abraham...or me.

If God is telling you to go, get moving. He will tell you where you're going when you really need to know. 
 
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