You know the saying “All good things must come to an end.” It supposedly was coined by a guy named Geoffrey Chaucer in 1374. It’s a simple phrase, yet a true one. Things we enjoy, things we find comforting, things we love and embrace eventually come to an end. A good song, though we may want to continue singing it at the top of our lungs, comes to an end. A TV series, though it may be our absolute favorite, also comes to an end. A job, which we’ve poured ourselves into for years, also comes to a point where it is no longer. All good things come to an end.
So it is with time. Good times, though we want them to last a lifetime, come to an end. Even bad times, though they feel quite endless, also come to a welcome (and much needed) end. And mediocre times, in the midst of the lifeless and mundane, eventually end as well. King Solomon said “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, KJV).
There is indeed a season for everything. I’m not sure what the year 2013 has brought you. Perhaps for some, it’s been a season full of accomplishments, great memories, much joy, laughter, success, travel, and/or new and exciting things.
But for others, I know it’s been a tough season–a disappointing year full of struggle, health challenges, loss, grief, discouragements, failures, and anything but new and exciting. Brace yourself…2013 is coming to an end.
For those of you who’ve enjoyed a wonderful 2013, I say inhale all of that goodness and take it forward with you into 2014. Continue to grab life, seek adventure, embrace those good things, and enjoy friends and fellowship with each other. Inhale all that positive air and conquer on! It may not be another banner year for you, but press on to see what God has in store for you. See what God is up to and get in on the action.
Now for those of you who have struggled in 2013, I say exhale all of what is now in your past. Exhale the disappointments, sadness, struggle, and discouragements. Exhale the failures, loss, and negativity. Digest the words of the prophet Isaiah: “The Lord says, ‘Forget what happened before, and do not think about the past. Look at the new thing I am going to do. It is already happening. Don’t you see it? I will make a road in the desert and rivers in the dry land’” (Isaiah 43:18-19, NCV). God is making rivers in your dry land. Get ready!
You see, the end of one season doesn’t permanently scar you for the next. God is sovereign. He’s on His throne. He has plans for you. And above all, He loves you dearly.
As 2014 quickly approaches pray that you would see where God is at work in your life. Pray that He would guide you. Pray that you would accept His grace with hearts and eyes wide open. Pray that you would seek Him whole-heartedly. Pray that you would give Him the glory He so richly deserves.
Allow me the grace to change one word in the following passage, remembering that whatever happens for you in 2014, “This is the [year] the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24, HCSB).