THE PASTOR’S PEN
One of my favorite devotional books is Jesus Today by Sarah Young, also the author of Jesus Calling. The book offers 150 undated reflections. One may choose to read one reflection each day or a several at a time. One particular reflection with an Advent theme I found especially helpful as I contemplated the beginning of another new year. I offer these words to you:
I am Immanuel-God with you- and I am enough! When things in your life are flowing smoothly, it is easy to trust in My sufficiency. However, when you encounter rough patches-one after another after another-you may sometimes feel that My provision is inadequate. This is when your mind tends to go into high gear: obsessing about ways to make things better. There is nothing wrong with seeking solutions, but problem solving can turn into addiction: your mind spinning with so many plans and possibilities that you become confused and exhausted.
To protect yourself from this mental exhaustion, you need to remind yourself that I am with you always, taking care of you. It is possible to rejoice in Me– to proclaim My sufficiency-even during the most difficult times. This is a supernatural work, empowered by My Spirit who lives in you. It is also a decision that you make-day by day and moment by moment. Choose to be joyful in me, your Savior, for I am indeed enough! (pg.244)
This is my prayer for each of us in the New Year- Immanuel-God with us. May we experience God’s presence, God’s grace and God’s sufficiency anew in the best of times and the most difficult of times. Let us take hold of the hope that is ours in Christ.
As we prepare for the coming year, setting goals and making resolutions, I pray that giving attention to the spiritual component of our life and nurturing our faith will be of highest priority. I look forward to growing with you in the coming year. Happy New Year!
Grace and Peace,