2020 was a year for the history books. And not one I’m sure any of us wants to repeat it. We no sooner got 2020 started than we had to change EVERYTHNG we knew about how to work from home, live, shop, wear masks, sanitize everything, communicate and wash our hands (just like grandma told us). Zoom even became a household word, a verb, a place to meet and a communication tool (what it was designed to be).
Many people are quoted to have said “If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans.” James 4:13 says, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.”
Thomas Rhett, in the chorus of his song, Life Changes, writes;
Ain’t it funny how life changes
You wake up, ain’t nothing the same and life changes
You can’t stop it, just hop on the train and
You never know what’s gonna happen
You make your plans and you hear God laughing
Life changes (yes it does) and I wouldn’t change it for the world, the world, oh no
And I wouldn’t change it for the world.
The old Yiddish proverb, “We plan, God laughs,” expresses a truth everyone can relate to. At every stage of life we make plans, setting out where we want to go and imagining what we will be like when we have “arrived.” But things have a way of turning out not quite as we hoped or expected.
So, now what?
Resolutions? Make them or don’t. It’s entirely up to you. I stopped making them years ago. By the way, the word “resolution” comes from the root word “resolute” which actually means to be firm about your purpose. To align with what you truly believe, what really matters to you, and follow that course no matter who or what comes along. So, I would encourage you to think about your purpose. How can you settle on a “change” before you even have any idea what “normal” looks like? Simon Sinek says, “Start with your WHY!“. Why not consider making a “Rule of Life” instead?
How do we plan for the unknowable? Will 2021 be another unprecedented year? Will we need to swivel and pivot and be as flexible as last year? How quickly will the vaccine make a difference? Will we be allowed to travel this year? The rhythms of our actual life may cause the days to vary significantly from what we would like, so our planning needs to account for that.
In the end, like you, I don’t know the future, but I trust the One who does. To some that may sound cliché, but it has served me well for some 45 years as a follower of Jesus.
Happy New Year from Moose