|This Nativity Ornament has been a part of my parent's Christmas tree ever since I can remember.|
As I reflect back on this past year and all of its important events in my life, I can't help but think that through all of its trials and tribulations, old frustrations and new beginnings , closed doors and open windows, losses and gains...that God has been busily re-creating, molding and shaping and refining me into the "new creation" He desires me to become. Every aggravation, new challenge, defeat, and victory are all a part of that bigger picture...the grand scheme...the masterpiece that God is creating in my life.
Looking ahead into the New Year I can't help but wonder what joys and travails are awaiting my discovery...but I can only move forward with faith, trusting in the same God Who brought me through this past year...the God Who never changes...He is the same, Yesterday-Today-and Forever...
In the words of an old A.B. Simpson hymn:
"Oh, how sweet the glorious message simple faith may claim; Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same. Still He loves to save the sinful, heal the sick and lame, cheer the mourner, still the tempest-Glory to His name!"
"Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same; All may change, but Jesus never! Glory to His Name!""For I am the Lord, I do not change..." Malachi 3:6
We can trust fully in this God, Jesus Christ, that little baby Who was born in a manger...Who came to save us and set us free from all our sins and shame...He is still working in our lives today just as He did when He walked upon this earth... and He is preparing us for His soon return...of that I am certain.
Dear friend, are you ready to meet Jesus face to face? Do you know this Saviour Who is working behind the scenes of your life, re-creating you into the beautiful image of Himself? Perhaps this New Year will be full of life-changing events in all of our lives. My prayer is that we will face each new challenge full of faith and trust in our life-changing God. May it be a year of truly becoming a "New Creation" in Christ Jesus. Amen.