I took a much needed hiatus from social media this last week. My family was here visiting from California, and instead of documenting every moment with them, I savored it and drank it in. And I didn’t blog about 2016. Or my thoughts about 2017. Or my resolutions. And to be honest with you, it was so freeing. We had a week full of food fights, sunsets, and card games, with never ending laughs as we rode around in a rental van that barely ran. It was glorious.
And when my family left on New Years Eve, as much as I tried to shake it, there was no doubt a dark cloud looming over me all weekend.
I love the turn of the new year. The fresh, clean slate and promise of hope are inspiring. I’m a goal-setting, list-making dreamer with a perpetually restless soul that’s always aching to be part of a greater purpose.
So when I woke up on New Years Day, I never expected that our 2017 goal-setting session would end in the meltdown I had.
The truth is, 2016 may be in the past, and it may be last year, but it was also just last weekend. Problems and hurts aren’t erased. Stress and work and worries are still there. I wish the turn of the new year really wiped those things clean.
My sweet husband has so much grace and patience with me. I cried about missing my family. And being overwhelmed with more condo renovations, and going back to work, and hosting visitors, and vacations that may never come to fruition, and big life decisions: it’s no wonder the afternoon ended in tears for me.
I feel silly writing this now, but I know many of you have similar hurts and struggles. The New Year doesn’t mean everything is perfect and new. It’s not a magical day that fixes everything when the clock strikes 12.
But as believers in and followers of Christ, we are offered a new start daily. And with Christ, that does mean peace in the midst of chaos and overwhelm, comfort in the hurt, and hope in the future.
Friend, you’re doing just fine where you are. Don’t put pressure on yourself to live up to expectations this year that are going to end in stress or disappointment. Keep going on the road you’re on, and seek God all the way.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
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