I don’t suppose that this will be the only article you will read about the New Year and it being the year of twenty-twenty vision. Many will also remember the Johnny Cash song ‘I can see clearly now’, so let’s jump on the bandwagon and make the most of these clichés.
In reality our vision may not be any clearer as we enter the New Year than it was last month and whilst the rain has gone – well at least for now – how can we be certain that things will be brighter in the coming year than they were last year?
At the beginning of last century, a British poet called Minnie Louise Haskins wrote a poem called ‘The Gate of the Year’. The poem was made famous by King George V in his Christmas broadcast of 1939. Britain was at war with Germany and the outlook was to say the least bleak.
King George read these words:
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.
How good does the year ahead look to you? For some it will be sunny all the way; for others there will be any one of a number of problems ahead. How do we cope with facing the unknown? Perhaps the answer lies in the poem with the line that says ‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God’.
The year ahead has many unknowns and for many people the best option is to put their hand into the hand of God. We don’t know what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future.
The Creator of the world sent His only Son into the world to bring light. That light is like a lamp to our feet and a guide to our path.
Will you look into this New Year with your hand in the hand of God?
Will you trust Him to lead our way into whatever the future holds?
Here at Wellspring Church we have found that putting our trust in God gives us a far greater peace of mind than if we just allow ourselves to stumble along the unknown path. Our faith in God and in His Son, Jesus has brought a light to our path and we can walk safely hand in hand with the Creator of the world.
Wellspring Church invites you to join them any Sunday to discover what many have already found. The rain clouds of our lives seem to have lifted and we can see more clearly now.
Join us any Sunday at 11am. We meet at CasaSol in the apartment block just above El Alcolar in Puerto de Mazarrón. You will be very welcome.