Turning the corner into a new decade, looking ahead with expectation, walking into the unknown. All these things make this traveler’s heart beat a little faster in anticipation. Ever the optimist, I hope the days and months ahead bring healing, peace and a sense of well-being. But what if….? We don’t know what’s around the next corner of our journey.
I used to think the what-ifs were bad. And they can be if we live there and are paralyzed by them. The same goes for obsessing about the if-onlys of the past that squelch the day’s joys. Both the fear of the future and the regret of the past can loom huge before us like two insurmountable twin mountains obscuring our view of the verdant valley between them that we long to wander.
What if bad things happen? They will.
Will God intervene? One way or another, you can count on it.
And here is where the what-ifs come in handy. They open our eyes to our need for God’s presence here and now.
I wish I could say that I know 2020 will be a better year after the incomprehensible loss, pain and suffering of 2019. But the truth is, it might not be.
Before you accuse me of being a pessimist, hear me out.
I can guarantee that we will experience our share of pain, suffering and loss this year. And I can also guarantee that we will experience beauty, healing and extravagant love this year. It’s all a part of the human existence. A part of the journey. And while I can’t stop this world from spinning, I can choose how I look at it.
I can choose to wallow in the fear of the what-ifs, let my mind be consumed by cynicism and squint through the fog as if looking through a dirty window. Or I can choose to look beyond my circumstances and feelings, and open my eyes wide to a grander vision.
A vision of hope beyond what I see, touch or feel in this world. An ever-present hope that transcends the disappointments of this world. Emmanuel – God with us.
This is everyone’s choice. That’s how I see it. What will you choose this year?