I remember a particular cold New Year’s Day in 1990. A ten year old version of me was still adjusting to the then new colder geography as my father relocated our family in part for his vocational change. Gone were mild southern winters exchanged for a much more stark northern climate. Fast forward 28 years and that young boy is now a father with his own children living in a new home that is also experiencing a bitterly cold New Year’s. The paths and plans of how life unfolds are often unexpected to us.
One of my wonderful kids will be turning ten this year. That child is also like their father before them experiencing a new way of life in a new year because of unforeseen changes as we chase after God as a family. She is experiencing a new geography and learning to adjust to a new rhythm of life after a relocation for her father’s vocation. Life is so full of changes. Some seem so similar while others seem so different. Ultimately though all of life is part of design that is larger than our individual paths and plans. Tonight my wife and I around the dinner table discussed some of my children’s plans for this new year. It was so awesome hearing their dreams and aspirations as we discussed the reality of the start of this new year.
It reminds me of the verse from Ecclesiastes, “there is a time and a season for everything.”1)Ecclesiastes 3:1 The longer that I am a parent the more I realize how the rhythm and life repeats itself in the next generation.
This realization is like the fireworks that go off in so many places in the first few moments of New Year’s Day. The long darkness of night gives way to a wondrous attention getting moment of brightness, sound, and beauty. Fireworks are works or art in the dark cold nights. Solomon invites us to see God the Maker and place our plans in to his capable hands. This new year is a great time to reflect on the past years that led to this new one and the God that made each year. It is a time to reflect on the Maker and seek him. It is a way to see how the new becomes old and points us to the One greater than us all.
Image credits.2)The fireworks picture is one I took a few years back. The 2018 header picture appears to be in the common domain created for public use. No rights implied to header image.
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|2.||↑||The fireworks picture is one I took a few years back. The 2018 header picture appears to be in the common domain created for public use. No rights implied to header image.|