So we had an interesting New Year’s Eve this year. We were out of town visiting family. No huge plans just spending time together, making and consuming some good food, maybe playing a game while Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve was the channel of choice. Well as fun as that may sound (or not) that is not at all how our evening played out. But I am so thankful for the interruption that God brought our way.
So here we are at the start of another year. Funny I can remember when we would hear a reference of any year that was 2000 or beyond it seemed light years away and now here we are in 2019, time does march on doesn’t it?
We woke up that morning to rain and wind. As a result we lost power in the house. We figured it would come back on shortly so we left to go to the store to get some items we needed for the evening. As we were leaving the neighborhood we were stopped by a fireman waving us to go the other exit. So we slowly turned around and could see that a large tree had been uprooted during the rush of wind and as a result when it fell it knocked down 6 power lines that were now laying in the street. So needless to say our idea of the power coming back on quickly was a long shot. Fast forward a bit later in the day and still no power and it appeared that we may not regain it until the next day at some point.
You might be wondering what was good about this inconvenience. Well with nothing but the fire in the fireplace and the few candles and flashlights we had, we were in the quiet dark. No tv, no internet service, which in todays world can sometimes seem almost detrimental as our constant connection and instant information at our fingertips seems to be a necessity. And we don’t always remember how to be quiet or still. But this New Year’s Eve we didn’t have a choice and I am so thankful. It was awesome! We took a walk and even outside was more quiet than normal. It was so peaceful. And it was while we were walking that God reminded me of the verse:
BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD… PSALM 46:10
The rest of the verse proclaims how He will be exalted among the nations and in the earth. What a powerful verse this is.
So this year we rang in the New Year in a quiet and peaceful manner and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. To end one year and enter the next with the God that will be exalted, not might be or should be but WIIL BE, was the best interruption I could have asked for. I pray as you start your new year that you will take time to be still, to sit with the Lord and allow Him to speak to you and you to Him. You will have no better year than having Him with you in every moment of your life.
Happy New Year!
ps. the power did finally come back on about 36 hours later:)