-Psalm 51:12 New International Version-
Normally, the New Year brings with it a great sense of anticipation to say good-bye to the old and hello to new beginnings. However, sometimes the New Year’s blahs move in like a raging winter storm. Before we decide to plan fresh hopes and dreams, we need to figure out where our old ones went!
In our younger years, we may have had a conquer the world mentality. Then, as we age, our dreams and desires often shift or completely disappear. In many cases, our visions get buried like a box of dusty, old treasures. We wonder how we can even begin to go through the cobwebs!
These same kinds of thoughts probably happened to many women in the bible. Mary, the mother of Jesus, surely had a shift in plans when she found herself pregnant and unmarried (Luke 1:3). Similarly, Ruth’s initial hopes of a life with Elimech disappeared when he died and she was left with their two sons (Ruth 1). In the same fashion, Elizabeth, the wife of Zacharias and mother of John the Baptist, received a real surprise when she had been barren for most of her life, and became pregnant in her advanced years (Luke 1:24).
This year as we think about our dreams, let’s ponder some of the stories of the women in the bible, and see how their adjustments led to great adventures. Perhaps we can become more comfortable with some of our shifts, and attune our spirit to fit accordingly. If we have had to let some dreams go, maybe we can find some new hope and discover some higher ways. We may even want to go into our attic, and find our box of antique treasures and see how they can become shiny and new!