- Published: Tuesday, 06 November 2018 10:41
- Written by Ian Brown
Reflection for January
It is now 2019, Christmas has been and gone, we have taken down the Christmas decorations. What now?
We all like things to look forward to. The days are still short and cold. Our minds automatically turn to what the year ahead may hold for us and those we love. Will we lose weight this year? Will we eat healthier and cut back on the snacking? Will we exercise more? Will we go on holiday and if so, where will it be? There may even be deeper, more important questions. Questions such as, am I in the right job or should this be the year to look for something else? Is this the year that I should be looking at moving to a new house? All these questions and more pop into our head at the start of a New Year.
Several times recently I have seen posts on Facebook stating that “January 1st is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” However, there are times that we do not know what is around the corner and sometimes these things are neither things that we would have imagined or hoped for. Nonetheless, when they happen, we have to deal with them, they become part of our lives, part of our story. Something that is written on a blank page of that book, but it is from these unexpected events that we learn and grown, allowing us to move forward in our journey of live and faith.
We might never know what really lies ahead of us, but God does, as is written in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”