“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day
with no mistakes in it yet?”
~ L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables
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This is a hopeful thought as I sit to write on this quiet, blue morning before the world begins to spin faster and dictate my day. In some ways last year was a challenging one for Dana and I (and for some of you, too) and sometimes it’s easier to believe that our mistakes lie in wait for us in the next day or the next year.
To some extent this is true; we all bare the imprint of our fallen parents and to walk without error is not possible. But to walk without hope is the domain of those who have not seen the glory of the Lord in the land of the living.
In studying the Good Shepherd of John 10 this year, I have come to see I would be an empty wanderer in this world and without a true home if Jesus were not my Shepherd. As a good shepherd, He carefully goes before me and calls me by name. He is lovingly leading Dana and I where we may learn of Him and learn his voice – through Valleys of Despair, Sloughs of Despondency, Shadows of Death, Doubting Castles, and Vanity Fairs; and He will surely lead us in our last days through the great River and safely to His Celestial City. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Ps. 23:6).
Although I may bring my own mistakes with me, I know that which befalls me in this new year is no mistake… I am being led. For those of us who hear the voice of the Shepherd, this is a comforting thought indeed as we enter the unknown of 2017.
If this is not your prospect in the new year, Jesus declares to you: “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture… I lay down my life for the sheep” (John 10:9, 14).
May this peace be yours in 2017.