I am writing this article a day or so before the election with all the uncertainty that holds regarding the future of our nation; whether we eventually leave the European Union with a deal or no deal or a further referendum to give us all another chance to decide our fate!
But enough of that! You could be reading this between Christmas and New Year and maybe it is a time for goodwill to all people and enough of that “B” word.
So what can I say about the future? I’m not sure! Time will tell which party is asked for form a government and then, what then?
In looking for a quotation from the late King George VI’s New Year speech, I found one I thought applied very much to our situation.
“A new year is at hand. We cannot tell what it will bring. If it brings peace (release from the parliamentary log-jam), how thankful we shall all be. If it brings us continued struggle we shall remain undaunted.”
But it is to the Bible that I turn, as it is in God’s word that I find HOPE. There are many things that I, personally, am unable to influence or change but I believe in a God who calls me to be rooted in the peace and grace of God; knowing the love of God in Christ Jesus. Through a living relationship with God I am able to trust him for the future; He doesn’t promise to make it free of hardship but he does promise to always be with me in love, support and encouragement.
Thinking about Easter at this time of the year is probably a bit strange, other than the looking forward to seeing the Spring flowers bursting forth and the weather turning warmer. However it is the birth of Jesus, God’s Son, and the HOPE that comes from Jesus’ death and rising again, that gives me hope for the future. Jesus tells us in John’s Gospel that he has gone ahead of us to prepare a place for us. I may not know what the future will bring but I know who holds the future…. God!
King George VI’s speech contained this poem handed to him by the then Princess Elizabeth (aged 13 years).
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 better than light, and safer than a known way.’”
My hope is focused in God; in the love and friendship he longs to share with me, when I am not seeking to determine my own future in a way that is focused solely on me. Thankfully, as he is my loving Heavenly Father, he is more forgiving than I deserve; more willing to forgive than any human being can imagine
I have a granddaughter who in the next year will be learning to walk. When she does, she will have all the encouragement she needs from her parents and her brother, and Tim and myself when we are with her. She will gradually learn how to stand and put one foot in front of another, probably staggering towards her mum or dad; sometimes making it and sometimes not, but eventually she will have learnt the “how to” of walking.
So it is in any faith walk with God; we learn to trust through the continued practice and exercise of our faith relationship. It starts with a small step of saying “Yes!”. Put your hand into the hand of God, and find HOPE for the future in 2020.