I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Revelation 22;13 (NASB)
We’re coming up on a new year. New beginnings are wonderful, aren’t they? New babies, marriages, a new home, these are all exciting joyful occasions. Do we feel the same way about endings? Not really. If we think about them at all, they’re generally occasions of great stress, regrets, sorrow, or feelings of helplessness.
The End. These are bittersweet words for most of us as authors. Characters in our novels become so real to us it’s like saying goodbye to an old friend. How much more this is true of the chapters of our own lives. Endings are hard.
As we come to the beginning of a new year, we must also face the end of the old. 2015 becomes just another page in the history books. It was a somewhat momentous year for me. I had two new books published, Not Ashamed and Woman of Light, and I began teaching ESL. At the same time, my grandson CJ (Christian James) started kindergarten, so I guess I had a bit of the empty nest blues again. He isn’t a baby anymore. He doesn’t need grandma quite like he used to. That phase of his life has ended.
The odd thing is, in this realm, things don’t really end. They just change. With the flip of a calendar page, 2015 becomes 2016. (Actually in the Hebrew calendar, it’s 5776 which started back in September, and the Chinese New Year doesn’t start until spring, I don’t think.) Circumstances change. Relationships change. And we must change with them to adapt.
Does it ever seem to you like we’re all caught in a giant Mobius Loop? Maybe it seems that way because it’s the truth. The hardest thing for us to accept in this life is that it’s NOT about us! It’s HIS story. He wrote it, directed it, and He is the star. We’re just bit players on His stage. He is the only constant in the universe. He is the Beginning and the End. He created time, and time is in His hands.
But that is not a bad thing. Because our God is good. There is no better place to be than in His loving hands. Because He Lives, I can face tomorrow, and a new year, and even whatever endings or changes may come my way. We’re meant to live in the present, not the past or the future. Yes, we look back, remember, reflect, and hopefully, learn from the past, but we don’t dwell there. And we aren’t promised tomorrow, so all we have is now, today, to make the most of for His kingdom and His glory.
Taboo Tuesday Question of the Day: What endings or beginnings are you facing today?