2016. A new year. Everyone is talking about their new year's resolutions or their word of the year.
For the first time in many years, I am not amongst those doing that. I think I have ideas sitting in the back of my mind of some goals, and possibly even a potential word, but I'm not quite ready to shout to the world what those look like just yet. They are still formulating in my heart.
As they formulate, God is already working big lessons in my life as the year begins.
When I was a child, and even as I grew up, my mom used songs as a way to teach us about God, or for that mater, about how to clean up or how to remember spelling words. But most importantly, about God. Sometimes mom would make up a song. Other times, the song was a well-known childhood favorite. In the midst of a sleepless night, such a song came to my mind.
Those childhood songs are so simple, but so life-giving. So full of hope and joy. Simple words. Big truths. The song on my heart tonight goes like this:
My God is so BIG- So Strong and So Mighty- There's Nothing My God cannot do. (Repeat)
The mountains are His. The valleys are His. The stars are His handiwork, too.
My God is so BIG- So strong and so Mighty- There's nothing My God cannot do.
There is NOTHING that God cannot do.
When the world walks out, He remains by my side.
When a friend cannot carry my burdens, He says to lay my burdens on Him.
When people's words hurt, His heal.
When fear creeps in, He gives peace that passes all understanding.
When finances are frustrating, He says He will provide for my needs.
When no one seems reliable, He says to trust Him.
When the world screams the words "unworthy", He crowns me with grace and beauty.
When life keeps hitting hard, He gives armor to protect.
When grief weighs heavy, He extends beautiful love.
The list could go on. But God will always have an answer. His truths are greater than the world's lies. His freedom is greater than any burden I could ever try to carry, be it my own or someone else's. He is So Strong and So Mighty... there is Nothing He cannot do. And that is definitely a theme I want to carry with me through this new year.
Matthew 11:28-30, MSG. "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me-watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly. "