I believe that we all hope the 2021 is “better” than 2020. For different people that means different things. Maybe you hope that Covid-19 will go away, or that people will learn how to better deal with it. Maybe you want to see your extended family or friends again. Maybe you don’t want to have to wear a mask whenever you go out.
Yeah, I wish some of those things, too.
But, let’s face it. Corona isn’t just going to disappear. More likely than not, it will be around in 2021. We need to deal with it.
We cannot go on living life in fear. The Bible tells us over and over not to fear and not to worry. Matthew 6:34 says “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Joshua 1:9 says “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Those are just two verses saying not to be afraid or worried. Do not worry, do not be afraid.
See anything there?
The Bible tells us many times to not be worried or afraid. Ask yourself, As a Christian, what do I have to fear?
Death? Persecution? Anxiety? Depression?
If you believe in Jesus, if you put your full trust in him, you don’t need to fear death. Believers will go to heaven when they die. Acts 16:31b “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.” John 3:16b “That whoever believes in him in shall have eternal life.” You cannot deny it, death should not be a concern for believers.
How many people have been persecuted for their beliefs? More than I can count. More than I want to know. If you are a Christian, please don’t fear persecution. Why? Because God is in control. He knows what is going to happen to you.
Anxiety? Depression? Yeah, I get that it is hard to deal with. Believe me, I know. Now, I have never been “diagnosed” with either, but I know how it feels to be at the end of yourself. The amazing thing is, when you are at the end of yourself, God is still there. God is still there.
I like to be in control. I like to know what the plan is. Normally, I can deal without a plan, but I don’t like it. I’m not a super organized this-is-what-is-happening type of person. Still, I like having at least an idea of what is going on. 2020 was out of my control. Corona, the election, mandates, and all that, were not in my control. I was at the end of myself, and I had to give it up to God. I encourage you, do the same if you are dealing with fear.
Give it up. Pray constantly. Turn your anxieties over to God. 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxieties on him [God] because he cares for you.”
God cares about you. He loves you. He wants to take your burdens, so turn them over to him.
We do not know what 2021 is bringing. We cannot say exactly what will happen in the new year. Stand firm on the truth of God’s Word. Place your trust in him. I challenge you, turn your fears over to the Lord. In 2021, take time to strengthen you faith and trust. Take time to pray and read the Bible. And right now, take a few minutes and reflect on 2020. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and think/reflect.
Here are some of my reflections:
Where did 2020 go? The time went so fast. It was a strange year. A different year. For sure. What happened in 2020? Well, the year started out with a bang; not really, it started out with an ice storm. Then sickness within our family, on my birthday, too. After that it was teaching Good News Clubs, Awana and Mops. Then auditions for Frozen Jr. Then it was Winter camp for a weekend. After that it was regular life for about a week. Then more people started getting sick and schools closed for a week. In March, the whole shut down happened. Then it was months of stay at home orders and social distancing and masks… and all that. When quarantine finally ended, we had CYIA locally, and then it was teaching 5-day clubs, and drivers Ed . Summer went by rather quickly. We also went camping. During the summer I started to have some health issues, and when they didn’t get better, I saw a doctor, and went on a gluten and dairy free diet. School also started. Skip a month of school and trying-to-be-normal and then more mandates and everything being shut down and a rise in cases. November was Thanksgiving at home and seeing no one. Then it was December and Christmas and feeling very strange about not seeing grandparents. Now we are at the end. And that was 2020.
Well, that was my reflections.
2020 was a year of different.
Let’s face 2021 with confidence, and ultimate trust in God. Watch out 2021, cause’ here we come!