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A new year begins. It's such an exciting and fun time of the year. So many expectations, plan, and ideas for how the year will go.
It always ends up completely different.
Sure some of the big things, work, school, study, people in the community will be fairly predictable, but people really have no idea how our lives will end up. We're not in control.
With the beginning of 2012, I'm at a time in my life when I feel a little lost. Big transitions are coming up again, and it seems like this is the calm before the storm. In the last little while, I've been experiencing God in different ways than at other stages in my life and I feel there's something new coming in terms of my spirituality too, but I don't know what it is yet. In the meantime, it feels lonely and a little dark.
Yet I have hope for the new year. I know that God remains with me, with us, despite all the ups and downs. I know that my desire for living in Jesus' way is enough for now until I find what comes next.
And I know that whatever I plan or expect for this coming year will again be amazingly surpassed and outdone by God's work in my life and in the world.
All in all, it's a good place to be at the beginning of the year.