Dear friends in Christ,
It is such a blessing to be back and write another article after a nice long rest. I thank our Heavenly Father for keeping me and my loved ones safe over the holidays and I pray that God will bless you in 2014. May you remember to walk each day with Him by your side.
Reading the paper after returning from vacation it was evident that the number of lives lost on the roads during the holiday season is at record height this year. Further more the paper was filled with the usual depressing stuff and it made me think about how many of us are stumbling ahead with a less than positive outlook for the New Year.
As I opened my Bible when writing my article, my eye fell on a piece of paper on which I had written “Expect the unexpected from God.” The piece of paper is already a good number of years old but it just spoke to me in that moment. I felt it is a good way to start my year, by expecting the unexpected from the God who is able to do and who does the impossible. My thoughts went back to Ezekiel 37:1-14. Imagine the scene, a whole valley of dried out bones, lifeless and hopeless, but then upon command from God Ezekiel prophesied in the Spirit and saw life fill those dead bones making them rise up as a vast army! Verse 14 says “I will put My Spirit in you and you shall live and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, The Lord have spoken it and performed it…”
Dear friends, if I happen to come across a valley of dead, dry bones the last thing I would expect would be for them to come alive, for new flesh to cover them and new breath to fill them. Dry bones are so far removed from anything alive that one hardly associates them with the life form they once took. This makes me think of how many of us feel at the beginning of this New Year. People are tired of all the negative things going on around us and it can feel like it’s draining the life and hope from us so that some of us feel like dried out bones as we start another year with so many challenges to face.
I have decided I want to start my year with a new hope, looking forward to what I know my God can do- not just what I pray for and trust God for, but even more than I can imagine.
Our God is the God of the unexpected, His Word tells us that. His Word also tells us that His plans for us are only good (Jer 29:11), and His Word tells us that nothing is impossible for God (Luke 1:37).
I want to invite you to join me in trusting our God for unexpected blessings this year. Let us pray for the impossible, for the things we don’t even consider asking for and let us stand on our faith, knowing that our God is the God of the impossible. Our God is the God of the unexpected. Our God is the God who can breathe new life into anything, even dried out bones, therefore He can also breathe new life into your circumstances, into your body and mind and heart.
He can bring new life into your business, your financial situation, your relationships and family, your health and our country. God is far above our economy or our government and He is more powerful than crime and disease and poverty and worries of whatever sorts you may experience. He is the Prince of Peace, the Healer of the world and the Saviour of us all. Let us remember that and start looking forward to what He has planned for us in 2014!
Dear Lord, I thank You for being above all else and for being the God of the unexpected, the God of the impossible! Father, I choose to trust You this year, for bigger things than I have ever dared to hope or even pray for! Be at the centre of my life every single day, for You are everything and You are all to me. Amen!
Expect the unexpected and be fearless in Christ!
( PS: Scripture is taken from the NKJV unless stated differently.)