“ And suddenly you know…
It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” Meister Eckhart
I will admit my very favorite time of the year extends from September through December. There is something that has always felt magical, nostalgic, and endearing during those months leading up to Christmas. While some people can’t wait for the season to end, I’ve always experienced a little let down the day after Christmas. But, every ending provides us an opportunity for something new to enter into our everyday experiences. The birth of the Christ child reminds us that preparing for, waiting for, and experiencing a new beginning are what the season is all about.
Think back to a special present you received at Christmas. It may have been wrapped beautifully, and tied with ribbon and a bow. It was given to you with love. The person who selected the gift was excited to watch you open it. They were waiting to see your reaction.
God gives us the gift of a new beginning every day. It would be foolish to keep the gift beautifully wrapped. We must receive and open the present, and let God lead us into a new experience. God is actually in the gift and wants to share in our excitement. We must let God be God, without any boundaries, and ready ourselves to be surprised by God’s total unpredictability!
A new beginning presents us with three opportunities in one. It allows us an opening to learn from our past, yet look with optimism toward the future, while we remain focused on what is before us.
As Christians, our focus is in continuing a relationship with God in the most intimate ways possible, another Three in One opportunity! We have a chance to better explore our relationship with the three persons in our One God. In the Holy Spirit we have a guide. We know it’s the Holy Spirit when we feel nudged or moved to do something new. Initially, we may feel anxious, but as we put our trust in God, the Holy Spirit accompanies us on the journey, assuring us that all will be well. Our response to the Holy Spirit is often surprise. We will feel moved toward something we may not usually respond to, and it feels right.
Jesus, is our friend. We can talk to him and share our thoughts and feelings. It’s a casual, just be ourselves kind of relationship. We don’t have to put on airs. He takes us right where we are. Jesus listens to everything we want to share with him. We can share our fears, frustrations, gratitude, and requests without any hesitation. Jesus, listens and holds us close as we walk in response. We may experience his presence as a constant companion.
God is mystery. Our relationship with God the Creator, may be one of knowing. Sometimes we don’t understand why things are happening as they are, but deep inside we know that we can trust that God is in it. Whatever needs to be revealed will be revealed in God’s time. This is faith. It does not mean everything is rosy and wonderful all the time. It does mean that we trust God’s plan to unfold one day at a time. There is no need to figure God out, rather to leave space and time for mystery to continue to unfold. This always makes life more interesting and surprising.
I’m no longer big on resolutions that involve forcing my will onto something. As we welcome a New Year, let’s embrace the gift of new beginnings. As we open ourselves to a deeper relationship with God, let us recognize the gifts of the three persons in our God. Don’t let God remain in a box with pretty packaging…open the box and let God surprise you with something new!
Happy New Year Friends! May you experience the blessings of each new day.