I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied, “Go out into the darkness and put your hand in the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way!” So, I went forth and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And he led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.
Minnie Louise Harkins, 1875-1957
In a world that is always telling us to “Grow up!” I find this poem to be a gentle reminder that the best way to live our lives may be to become more child-like. Jesus said that unless we become as humble as a child, we will never enter into heaven. (Matthew 18:3)
A child will humbly place her hand into the hand of God in complete and utter trust that God has her best interests at heart, and will take great care to guide her over the rough and rocky terrain that is life. A child will humbly allow God to lead him where God will, confident, that when he falls, God will pick him up, dust him off, comfort him for as long as is needed, then set him back on the path.
Notice that even with such loving guidance, the child still may fall. That is the reality of living in a “broken” world; bad things do happen. But, a child is resilient. Unless he or she is sick, a child will bound out of bed in the morning, looking forward to the adventure the new day will bring, in spite of a set back. This is trust at it’s best.
Paul Tournier said, ‘The spiritual life consists only in a series of new births. There must be new flowerings, new prophets, new adventures – always new adventures – if the heart of man, albeit in fits and starts, is to go on beating.” Every New Year presents us with new opportunities to find the blessings God has prepared for those who love him. Every day of the spiritual life has a miracle hidden in it, waiting to be discovered. The spiritual life is an adventure, for those who are not afraid to reach for it.
As a new day dawns, may it find you standing at the gate of the year, child-like in your humility and trust, ready to put your hand confidently into the hand of God, ready to trod gladly wherever he may lead. For God is a faithful companion on your journey, and safer than a known way.
May God gladden your heart, blessing you and those you love with new flowerings, new prophets and new adventures in 2011!
Happy New Year!!! Pastor Barb <><.
Behold, I am making all things new… Revelation 21:5