Happy New Year and Decade!
What will the year & decade bring? We all love potential, possibility, and dreams! This is because it is a reflection of our soul’s deep desire for God who “makes all things new.” (Rev. 21:5). As finite creatures diving into the arms of the infinite Lord, we will never exhaust discovering new delights and depths of his goodness.
I remember in my youth reading the In/Out list in the style section of the Washington Post. I don’t know if they still print that, but I do know that I would likely have no clue for 95% of the incoming or outgoing cultural trends. Being a priest can do that!
Moreover, when I think of the things I hoped for a year or a decade ago, I know that all of the best blessings were totally unexpected by me and gratuitous gifts from the Lord. There is nothing that has or will happen that the Lord has not seen from all eternity. And he has thus planned for my welfare since before the big bang. “Who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?” (1 Cor 2:16).
What Jesus desires for us is not a spirit of despair or presumption, but of prayerful trust. Heck, it is even on our money: “In God We Trust.” Worried about 2020 or the entire decade? That’s ok, look back and see how He has brought you thus far; he will not abandon you now.