2017 is here. I’ve probably considered this coming year more than previous years. I’ve read a lot of news articles, motivational blogs, and other interesting literature concerning how to navigate this year.
Many describe what they think will happen and what we should do about it. Their different aspiring views spell out one, two, three methods for how to secure a safe successful New Year.
It’s good to have a plan and a vision. We wouldn’t get much accomplished if we didn’t have that aspect in our lives. It’s wise to have at least some format for the next leg of our journey. However, as we walk with God, we may find our vision and direction shifting from the original plan we had.
I sometimes wonder what happened to the concept of letting life happen. Not in a reactionary sense – where life comes and we kick into our knee-jerk reactions – which isn’t a very healthy way to live. But today, it seems like we’ve lost the joy of adventure and discovery … the art of not-knowing everything right away.
Back in the day, if I wanted to know something, I engaged in a variety of activities to find my answer. Sometimes my answer didn’t come until after a lengthy time of searching. Each time it became an adventure worth experiencing, even if the path was difficult.
Searching and not-knowing taught me to trust the answers to unfold naturally in God’s timing. In the process, any hurried distress would have to take a back seat to my faith. Today I remember those treasure hunts much more than the times I’ve had the answer available at my fingertips.
I still like mysteries and embarking on a journey to unravel them. Our heart matters can be kind of like that; heart issues can take time to understand. We may sense something’s amiss, but we aren’t sure what’s needed. The heart often speaks through a different dimension. It’s not usually spelled out with a methods one, two, or three and now we have the answer.
When I think about Psalm 19 and the way God pours forth speech without words, I see the link to our deeper heart. In a way, our deeper heart is like that Scripture passage. It has a language that doesn’t always come with words. Our inmost places of heart may speak through our emotions, senses, gut intuition or patterns of thought. We may have to search it out and employ a person of understanding to help us connect the dots.
When I consider Jeremiah 29:11-13, I also see a type of search mentioned – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
In this passage, God is saying there is a condition to get the treasure – He wants us to search for Him with all our heart in order for things to really unfold for us. It isn’t a futile or frantic search, but one with adventure and a release of deeper truths. It may require us to linger in the not-knowing right away.
I have this sense that 2017 may be a year where many of us experience what it means to have an adventure. The element of search and not-knowing may be involved in that adventure.
As for me, I’m thinking about throwing off the shackles of small mindsets and letting God expand my heart for more of His creative plans. I’m thinking of putting all those one, two, three plans into my Abba Father’s hands. After all, He knows the plans He has in mind for the future and He says they are good.
God bless your 2017!
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