Deuteronomy 31:7-8 (New Century Version)
7 Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in front of the people, "Be strong and brave, because you will lead these people into the land the Lord promised to give their ancestors, and help them take it as their own.
8 The Lord himself will go before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forget you. Don't be afraid and don't worry."
Moses was near the end of his life, and at the end of leading the people, and Joshua was ready to lead the Israelites into the land that God had promised them. The had been many years or trials and testing, life and death, meditation and preparation. Now they all looked anxiously into the land and wondered what was in store for them. They did not know what to expect, only that there would be one day at a time ahead of them. Moses shared with Joshua a promise from God that is in italics above.
We too stand ahead of a brand new year, 2011, not knowing what to expect, buy knowing that we need to approach it one day at a time. If we are a follower of Christ, we are given this promise of encouragement. We can know that God will go before us in everything we do. He will be in the good times and the bad, in the joy and the sadness. Jesus reaches out to us an promises His comfort through the Holy Spirit.
As for me the future is uncertain, but I cling to this promise of God as I look to growing the things God has blessed me with. Perhaps He will allow me to realize dreams that I have had for sometime in work and in serving others, and perhaps it will mean that I will be seeking a new vocation all together. I will seek His guidance and will try to listen as He speaks to me. I would ask for everyone's prayers as I seek His direction for my life and work.
What about this blog? Lord willing, I will try some new things and pass on some new wisdom that He see fit to bless me with. I pray that you can be blessed as I continue into this new year. Happy New Year, and may He bless and guide you as you journey through it.
My distant photo of Mount of the Holy Cross and the valleys below from Vail Mountain, Summer 2009.