Set the Sails!

What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen over and over again.Ecc 3:15

Ecclesiastes is not the “go to” book you pick up when you are looking for encouragement. But it has some real gems within it, as the verse today shows. Who would have thought, this time last year, that the world would be ravaged by a viral pandemic? Of course, we have had pandemics before, even more deadly than Covid, though thankfully not in living memory. So many will ask why God has allowed another one. It is His prerogative, as the verse above records, for God to repeat things again and again. One day perhaps we’ll get the opportunity to ask Him why.

We head into a new year, probably facing into more months of lockdowns, masks, social distancing, economic woes, limited church functions and so on, but it is how we set the angle of our spiritual sails that will determine how we get through it. If we keep our sails down and stay in our metaphorical ports, then 2021 may be a hard year for us, harder than it need be. But as we unfurl our sails, weigh the anchor, and allow the wind of God, His ruach, to blow us into the New Year and beyond, we will find new opportunities waiting for us. We read above that, “God makes the same things happen over and over again“, so why shouldn’t He allow revival, a new awakening, to be repeated in the coming year. Or perhaps healings, miracles, salvations, marriages and families restored, financial stability returned. Perhaps this is the year that you will receive an answer to those prayers for family members. But I’m sure that as we allow His Spirit to blow us into an exciting year of opportunity, then amazing things, “Beyond all we ask or imagine” will happen. The transition from 2020 to 2021 is almost upon us – is that a wind I can hear blowing in the rigging?

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