2017 is off and running right at us. I hope we are ready for what it is that awaits us. I believe that what-ever that might be that we can have confidence that the Lord is not going to miss a single thing. He already knows what lies ahead and He would like to be preparing us for it.
Preparation is something in which we have a definite part. I remember as a child being a bit apprehensive about being out and about alone. I suppose that many children are uncomfortable in strange, unfamiliar places. The first time we went to school alone. The first ride on the school bus with the bigger kids we didn’t know. The first trip we took to the doctor when our parents stayed in the waiting room. Being alone is intimidating at times when the unknown stares us in the face. I can also remember at the same age when I wasn’t concerned about being in unfamiliar territory. It was when my dad was with me. He was big and strong and didn’t seem to be intimidating by anything new or anyone we might meet. Good old dad was a comfort. That leads me to our preparation for what might lie ahead.
We would be empow-ered to have one walk-ing with us that we know could handle anything. For me that is Jesus. As I walk with him the intimidation factor of the new and strange is minimized by his presence. Where I lack the ability to handle things, He can. Where anxiety is a normal reaction, He is a calming force. Now how do we keep the reality of His presence with us so that we are ready for the unexpected and difficult things? We walk with Him all the time. We keep Him very near. We do what Jesus did when He was on earth and faced such amazingly hard things, WE PRAY. We make sure that our connection to God is vital all the time. We don’t have to look for Him when times get hard. We know right where He is.
We will be taking the first eight weeks of this year, here at the church, to again focus on prayer. The Connection Class being offered during this time will be devoted to helping us manage and strengthen our prayer walk. I hope you make it a point to put effective prayer into your life if it happens to be missing. May God bless us as we face another year with God’s help and His power.