i wish this post was going to be as good as adele’s age-labeled albums but alas, i think i may disappoint you.
i have a really good feeling about year 27.
26 was the year of suffering. the year of coming to the very end of myself and discovering all at once that god is always who he says he is and that he is sufficient. his power is made perfect in my weakness. i wrote about year 26 here. i can’t say that i hope that the events of year 26 ever repeat themselves, but if they do, i will stand confident in the knowledge that my hope is in heaven and not in momentary, fleeting joy here on earth.
pretty much everything about this year is different already — new job, city, home, community, hair, life. i keep thinking of the verse “behold i am doing a NEW THING: now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? i will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (isaiah 43:19, emphasis added). i have been in the wilderness and in the desert. but this is the year of the river (like chinese calendar animals but more holy ;)) rivers in the bible signify nourishment, health, life. rivers are used as descriptors for provision, of overflowing with grace from the lord.
this has already rung true. i have seen god use all things for my good. i have seen him weave a tapestry of meaning through my waiting. i have witnessed him perfectly piece together timelines and events to serve a greater purpose. i have felt his perfect peace even amidst what seemed like a lack of a plan. i have experienced prayers fulfilled that i almost stopped believing he would fulfill. he has been faithful to give me manna for each day. not for next year, not for two days from now — for today. god takes his rightful place of provider and sustainer.
there is this devotional from oswald chambers with an analogy of a river, rushing on.
“A river is victoriously persistent, overcoming all barriers. For a while it goes steadily on its course, but then comes to an obstacle. And for a while it is blocked, yet it soon makes a pathway around the obstacle. Or a river will drop out of sight for miles, only later to emerge again even broader and greater than ever. Do you see God using the lives of others, but an obstacle has come into your life and you do not seem to be of any use to God? Then keep paying attention to the Source, and God will either take you around the obstacle or remove it. The river of the Spirit of God overcomes all obstacles. Never focus your eyes on the obstacle or the difficulty. The obstacle will be a matter of total indifference to the river that will flow steadily through you if you will simply remember to stay focused on the Source. Never allow anything to come between you and Jesus Christ— not emotion nor experience— nothing must keep you from the one great sovereign Source.
Think of the healing and far-reaching rivers developing and nourishing themselves in our souls! God has been opening up wonderful truths to our minds, and every point He has opened up is another indication of the wider power of the river that He will flow through us. If you believe in Jesus, you will find that God has developed and nourished in you mighty, rushing rivers of blessing for others.”
what a beautiful picture. i pray that whatever year 27 brings, that i would become like a river, overflowing with Living Water that brings life, health and nourishment to those around me. that, though my circumstances may change and obstacles may arise, i will continue to be fed by the ultimate Source and gush grace and peace.