The new year’s transition into 2017 turned out to be an unusual one for me, as well as for others. Ordinarily you end one year with sad regrets of unfulfilled resolutions and enter the new year with ballooned cascades of hope-filled dreams and promises of a better year at all costs.
The end of 2016 seemed to meld into the beginning of 2017 as if in a peculiar spiritual embrace, with trace reminders of how short and precious life is and how the relationships around us can be suddenly severed through the sometimes brutal sureties of life. It left feelings of emptiness that could only be recaptured by reminders of those that have stood closer than a brother when times were most difficult and enlightenment as to our present existence being so small countered only by the greatness of our faith expressed in something, or, for some of us, someone much greater. It is only through these expressed bonds that we are able to hold on dangling to a life we once held secure and now must learn to accommodate for the purpose of satiating unfamiliar feelings and probing strange new terrain on our life’s journey.
From a spiritual vantage the transfusion from 2016 to 2017 did not feel like an ending or a beginning. Instead, it was a continuation of a process that was fulfilling its course. It was a painful pruning of one’s spiritual tree of humanity that would, unbeknownst, produce a manifestation of a capricious harvest despite being unsolicited.
The human condition, like a garden, can often be an amazing thing when on the cusp of transformation. It can require, however, an individual to come to the very brink of sheer and utter darkness in order to exterminate all the superficial layers and pestilence that have been covering the original seed carrying the light of life. Many of my close family, friends and loved ones have experienced trauma, sickness and the loss of those beloved to them coming out of one year and going into the next. They have had to overcome huge obstacles connected with jobs, relationships and life-changing decisions.
I, myself, had to come face to face with my mother’s terminal lung cancer diagnosis, in addition to her already debilitating bouts of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Anger, disappointment and sadness, amongst other emotions, consumed the foundation of my emotional core. Despite my inability to breathe or control what was going on, God surrounded me with loved ones, both family and friends, who prayed, talked, encouraged and supported my every step with unconditional love in the form of finance, friendship and faith. All of these things encompassed by the peace of God exposed revelation and understanding about position. It allowed me to become the very person that my mother needed me to be in order to soften the blow that life had just dealt her. We never know how strong we are until we are faced with unbearable pain that we are positive has surpassed our highest level of tolerance. Facing the giants of life, turmoil and death will cause us to reexamine our lives and our positions in it.
I have discovered that as God has constantly reiterated in His word, timing is everything and He will never give you more than you can handle. Overall, through our personal decisions and chosen course, no matter how bleak the situation may seem, God’s main target is to grab hold of our hearts. Like a surgeon immediately after a transplant, God pumps them back to life and then pumps them some more just long enough to dislodge the stones and debris that have gotten trapped over the years. At the same time He squeezes out the contaminated blood, transfusing His own, introducing new purpose and new life. A new life discovered through the opening in the narrow path, allowing the manifestation of who God intended us to be, to come to pass.
So, was the ritualistic ending of 2016 into a new 2017 really missed? Not at all. The time continuum was shaken and repurposed to bring focus to the coming materialization of true destiny for our lives here on earth, through the Lord’s will and the kingdom that is coming. The spotlight being the witness of the salvation of the Lord and the promises planted in our heart’s desires, long ago, by the King of kings.
Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, But it shall accomplish that which I purpose and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”