happy new year (and happy birthday to mrs. bonnie)

Before I begin this post, let me wish my mother a happy birthday. And might I add, I think she looks fabulous for her age (see how to: mustache on a stick post…yes, I made her model).

Happy New Year. Another year. Another Christmas break over…boohoo.

While I am not usually one for making New Year’s Resolutions, mostly because they usually don’t stick, come January I do find myself lingering over the “Flat Abs in Five Minutes” DVD at Target, buying more celery than normal at HEB and taking a few minutes to reflect on the previous year.

What is my takeaway (gosh, I’m such a teacher, everything has to have a takeaway, geez…) from 2010?

Well, without going into the gruesome details, my biggest recurring lesson is that I don’t have it all figured out. My plans aren’t fool proof, and my to-do lists don’t always get the job done.

I recently heard a song on the radio that I fell in love with. Usually, I can’t take more than 10 minutes of Christian radio. Growing up with Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman, sometimes I find it a little cheesy or maybe it’s that K-LOVE plays the same 12 songs over and over. Nevertheless, I found this song to be a little gem for my soul.

What Do I Know of Holy? by Addison Road

(CHORUS)
What do I know of You
Who spoke me into motion?
Where have I even stood
But the shore along Your ocean?
Are You fire? Are You fury?
Are You sacred? Are You beautiful?
What do I know? What do I know of Holy?

In Isaiah 55, God spells it out.

Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance.

Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, according to the faithful mercies shown to David…Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.

‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts. Nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.’

Figuratively speaking, there have been countless times I have spent money on what is not bread and my wages on what does not satisfy. I think I have it figured out. In all my wisdom of my 28 years, I tell God, “hey, it’s ok, you sit back because I’ve got this one under control.” I know God has quite a sense of humor, and believe me, I know I make Him laugh.

And then He reminds me. Even when you think you have it figured out, Jamie, you don’t. Regardless if things are going along just swimmingly or if you are hurting so much it aches to breathe, my ways are better. My plan is infitintely better than what you can hatch in your brain even if doesn’t look like what you wanted or what you thought you wanted. In the times that are sweet and in the times that are bitter, I need you to trust me, not yourself, just me.

I’m willing to bet this will be a recurring lesson…

What is something you will take away from 2010?

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