11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?1 Kings 19:11-13 (KJV)
It’s a new year! We are full of possibility and excitement. And noise. And plans. And responsibilities. And the distraction of other people’s plans – which they somehow seem to have prepared already…what? I mean, when? How? Why is every one else together but me? I fasted, I prayed, I even did a vision board! Why can’t I get it together?
We entered this year with our world in the midst of an upheaval. For many of us, it is the first time we have witnessed such turmoil on this grand of a scale. For others, it is reminiscent of things we experienced in our youth. For the elders, this foolishness is old hat. And that is on the large scale, it does not even speak to what may be going on in our individual lives. But all of us can look toward the same thing for our strength – the still, small voice.
In this new year, the catchy headline is not likely going to speak to you. But you may find your answer in the third paragraph, second sentence. The hook of the song may not inspire you, but you may find your hope in the second verse. Most likely, the horoscope that came on the widget on your phone didn’t light your path, nor did the snarky blog you read on ‘New Year, New You – For Real This Time’. But the still small voice, the wave of assurance that floods over you after your sincere prayer, that quiet connection with God – that is your guide.
Our world is enamored with connection; further buffered by our fascination with technology. But your connection to the Lord has existed for all the ages without any assistance. You don’t need a list, a bullet journal, a make-over, or new clothes for this new year. If you want to do something great to claim the year, dedicate some time to spend with your Lord daily. Just you and God.
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
Proverbs 8:17 (KJV)
Begin your year with God in the lead and see how far you go!
by Daina Troy