A New Season

I am not a new year resolution type of guy. Whilst I can appreciate that the ticking over of the clock affords many people the opportunity to make a new start, turn over a new leaf or just put a bad year behind them, it is not something that I have ever really done. I think this is because I have always been more in tune with the long seasons in my life. For me, change seems to come every seven to ten years or so.

Twenty-twenty is the beginning of a new season for me.

This is not a new year’s resolution. I am not shouting it out from the rooftops. I have made no promises. There are no bold declarations being made here. It is not even the result of an epiphany or crisis of faith. This is the culmination of time in the wilderness; a season of wandering.

It is the gradual re-engaging of a life long pilgrimage toward understanding who I am as a child of God; where I fit into His Story and what that means as I walk out my faith in this life.

To this end, I have broken with tradition. I have made one resolution this year; to read through the Bible from beginning to end with no agenda but to listen.

One of the things I have been contemplating in my own life in the last year or so, is how I am going to embrace the reality that I will soon be 50! I know I am not the first to discover this, but all of a sudden, one finds one’s self-viewing life with a new perspective. As you near the midway point of your life (God willing) you are able to look both backward and forward; and the reality is that both ends are now equally in view.

As I read through the Bible this time, I find myself doing so with this new perspective. Even though I am just at the end of the first book, what stands out to me is how much the story is woven through with God’s hand. When you stop to consider that potentially, the entire book of Genesis spans about 2500 years, I find it both comforting and helpful to know that God is at work in both the meta-narrative as well as the small scene that is my life… He is in control. Always has been. Always will be. Is now.

In the 2018 Disney film, Christopher Robin, there is a touching and insightful scene right at the end, where Pooh and Christopher Robin are sitting on a log together:

Pooh: Christopher Robin, what day is it?
Christopher: It’s today.
Pooh: Oh. My favorite day.
Christopher: Mine too, Pooh. Mine too.
Pooh: Yesterday, when it was tomorrow, it was too much day for me.
Christopher: Silly old bear.

So the question I am asking as I move forward is this: What does it look like for me to be more shaped by God’s Story in this next season of life? And I don’t mean in the future.

What does it look like today?

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