In just a short while, 2020 is finishing up. Do you feel relieved to have put this year behind us?
I remember back in 2016 that many people were decrying it as the worst year ever. Trump being elected president, various celebrity deaths, and so on, were all regularly cited as evidence.
Little did we know that 2020 was approaching, with COVID-19, the Australian bushfires, race riots, and the 2020 US Presidential election. And that only a few movies would actually make it to the cinema and one of them would be The New Mutants (OK, cheap shot—I haven’t even seen The New Mutants, but at this point in life there are certain films that I feel comfortable disliking without having seen it, and The New Mutants is one of them).
So who’s to say that 2021 will be any better?
Well, Ryan George says so, right here.
Though to be fair, he also says the video will date terribly..
So as we finish up 2020 and head into 2021, is there anything we can say with certainty?
Well, first off, I feel comfortable saying that God will not change.
I mean, you may or may not believe in God, but whatever your belief, if you are talking about the unique, immutable, eternal, infinite, personal, holy, loving, creator God who deals with us in the course of time and full of goodness and truth in his mind, will and emotions…then whether he is real or not, he doesn’t seem likely to be changing in fundamentals of who he is, in 2021 or any other year.
And that’s something we should be able to find some rest in.
Then, building off of that, I’ll add that there will still be reasons to have hope in 2021. There will still be purpose to life in 2021. There will still be opportunity to receive and demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control in 2021.
Even if all the movies and TV shows I’m hoping will be cool end up being terrible. Even if I still can’t travel for work, or go see my Mom in the United States. Even if everything really sucks, there is still someone fundamentally good behind the veil of creation. And that’s not only a reason to have hope, it’s a reason to rejoice.
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. – 2 Corinthians 1:20
Here’s trusting we all find lie and purpose and all that good stuf as 2021 gets underway!