We’re down to the last two days of 2020, and while there are a few clear hallmarks of this year, I would say that fear has been an ongoing theme. This unfortunate fact has arisen out of many different circumstances — a pandemic, an unknown virus, and political unrest to name a few — but it’s been heightened and intensified by a constant stream of negative messages. Never in the history of our world have we been inundated with information like we are today, and while having instant access to the most up-to-date headlines can be a blessing, it also has some major drawbacks. A barrage of bad news preys upon the fear that inherently lurks in human hearts. Many of us choose (or were taught) to be afraid because it gives us a feeling of being in control. If we’re immersed in facts and data, we can seize the reigns of our lives and prepare ourselves for the worst. By ruminating on negativity, we vow not to be shocked or surprised if and when calamity visits us. Though it’s easy to understand this type of catastrophic thinking, I want to assure you that there really is a better way! The wonder of walking with Jesus is that He invites us to hand Him our fear and anxiety, moment by moment. His arms are outstretched, and He is constantly beckoning us to cast our concerns on Him in exchange for His perfect peace. While fear wants to know the future, serenity says that knowing the Savior is enough. As we put our trust in His righteousness and lean on His unfailing strength, He sets our hearts free to dream bigger and soar higher, even in the midst of uncertainty.
My friend, as you prepare to enter a new year, I encourage you to do so with the resolution to make peace the theme of 2021. While the world remains unsettled and there are obvious areas of concern, you can intentionally take hold of the serenity that Jesus took hold of for you when He came to earth and overcame the power of death. No matter how uncertain things look, you can remain anchored and at rest, because you know that He will never leave you. Take heart, expect good things from His Hand, and allow the Prince of Peace to use you to deploy the power of His presence on the earth!