As we come to the end of the year and reflect on all that has passed, we tend to realise just how much we have to be thankful for- new friendships, exam successes, good health and the list goes on. For me, this has been quite an eventful year and I’m proud to have reached many ‘milestone moments’ such as reaching 21 and graduating from university. Even if it wasn’t the best year, we can always look forward to the year ahead and to the new beginnings and fresh chances that await us.
However, sometimes the thought of another year can be daunting and the rapidity of life can feel overwhelming! The truth is, as upbeat as we are about the New Year and as noble as our goals and resolutions may be, life is unpredictable. No one knows what the next 12 months hold and no one can guarantee whether they will be stormy or smooth-sailing.
Growing up, New Year was never really my favourite holiday and I can remember always feeling strangely anxious as we counted down its arrival. The idea of change intermingled with fear of the unknown usually made me feel a bit nervous and unsettled and in all honesty, I would not enjoy the day.
‘Your mind, your will, and your emotions have a tendency to drift like a boat on the sea.’
I remember hearing this a few years ago when listening to a talk and I think it’s so true. It is so easy to get caught up in the highs and lows of life and to get carried away by its unpredictable waves.
In his message, the speaker goes on to talk about anchors and how they are agents of stability and security. He talks about how they keep us from drifting, from tipping and ultimately, from sinking and I think we all need this in our lives in some shape or form. For me, my anchor is my faith in Christ and this keeps me steady and grounded through the craziness of life. It gives me peace about the future and confidence as I look forward. Having something unchangeable, constant and completely reliable to hold on to- whatever it may be- helps keep us rooted, secure and better prepared for all that life throws.
As I’ve grown older and more familiar with this truth, the New Year has become a lot less daunting and a lot more enjoyable. I am able to sincerely celebrate and rest in the assurance that whatever the New Year may bring, God is in control.