I love what Sarah Young wrote in "Jesus Calling" for December 9th: (I'm recycling this post from last year on that date...yes, I know today is really Dec. 17th...don't panic! )
Taking the step to retire (last year) was definitely one of these steps for me...going out on a limb...and certainly no longer playing it safe. But I do know that the Lord is with me, and therefore I am daily learning to "relax and enjoy the adventure of our journey together". Lord, help me to stay close to You so that Your Sovereign Presence will protect me wherever I go.. Amen.
Perhaps you may also be at a crossroads in your life today. As we approach the end of another year, we are often faced with decisions about our future, and wonder what the New Year may hold in store for us. I was reading in another place this morning about the seasons of our lives, and how sometimes it may feel like we are in an endless winter. We all have these "seasons" of difficult issues; financial problems, illness, career changes, or retirement, family/relationship concerns. But when we place our trust in the One Who is able to guide us through these turbulent times...when we allow ourselves to let go of our own sense of security...the trunk of the tree...and step out on that limb and focus our eyes on Jesus, the Source of our true security and hope, we find that truly that IS where the fruit is...the fruit of peace, joy, and renewed strength.
Read what the prophet Isaiah says in chapter 40, verses 27-31~