But you know what... hanging onto to our own ability to control our lives is what sets us up for heartbreak. I have held too long. Even when I know I can do nothing to help myself, I have been hell-bent on self preservation. That's not what our Father asks of us. He asks simply, gently for us to open our hands... to surrender our lack of faith and trust that even when the weight of the world threatens to crush us, He will never let go.
There are no guarantees for this year to come; our dreams may crumble, our relationships disappoint, our health fail, our people leave us, but we don't have to be sure of the future to be sure of our security through it. So lean with me, press into whatever is coming, walk into this new year with a brave heart and a determined faith, because we don't need to know what's ahead, only Who is behind us.
I knew tonight I would be standing at the edge of this new valley, looking out over the unknown, watching from the outside as everyone else was sharing the joyful moments of ringing in their new year, while I stand holding broken pieces. I know I have a choice to let fear and sadness overwhelm, or to trust that I can free-fall into the unknown with the confidence that I will never hit the bottom. Never.
I can be thankful for all that has happened, because in the end, that's what my faith is made from. I know that whatever is hard in 2016, He will work for good.
So happy New Year, my friends. Let Him make your broken so, so beautiful.
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