This line from the a 1960’s TV show that I loved to watch. It’s what Ellie Mae says at the end of the credits of “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Y’all come back” Is not exactly what I want to do when it comes to 2020. But in looking in the rear view mirror of my year I am reminded to be thankful about all you and I have been through and what we have seen in 2020. Injustice, name calling, political party fighting, complaining about leaders from city to national level, protests, bombings, hate groups, great unemployment, disruption of business and economy, none of this was unique or unheard of. All of these I have seen in recent history. But the pandemic that was new. A global disease that jumped from it’s origin and covered the whole earth. Not one place was unaffected by this dreaded plague. That drove us to leave the four walls of our Church buildings and search for new ways to meet with our ever faithful God.
Before I Say Goodbye to 2020 I remember how with His great power God has kept me. While I have seen many things in our nation, society and personal lives that have disturbed me I have been sustained in my going in and out. Uncertainty, fear, anxiety all contributed to becoming more keenly aware of how God is in control. These things contributed to a desire to draw closer to the one who gives life and that life more abundantly. While disease and death, economic and civil unrest, seemed to win the day. God was able to give a peace that passes all understanding, a knowing that I am a pilgrim and sojourner, this world is not my home I’m just passing by. So I learned to let go of my expectations and goals and wholly put my trust in God.
We’ve experienced hardship and struggles, seen hostility in people we never would have imagined, and known the startling pressure anxiety can wield on our minds. Looking back on this year is daunting; we don’t want to remember the dark moments, or the pain of navigating them.
Reflecting on 2020 is an invitation for us to see our need for a Savior.
As much as we don’t want to go back to those moments, the invitation urges us, that we would gain a greater understanding of our poverty, and our distress, so we might join our hearts and minds with the truth of the gospel. We see in Scripture how remembering, even the bitter times, can propel our hearts to repentance, dependence and renewed vision for what lies ahead.
So here we are at the onset of another year and like Ellie Mae, I hear the Holy Spirit saying “come back now” come back to the presence of your God, come back to praying with others daily, come back to reading my word each day, come back to encouraging and building others up, come back to weeping with those who weep and rejoicing with those who rejoice.
The “ya hear?” question at the end of this phrase was to make sure you heard the invitation to come back. I hope that you will hear the invitation God offers each day “return to Him”. For now you might feel like that “A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed“ but God shall supply your needs.
Our need for a Savior is even greater in 2021. As 2020 winds up, and we are clueless to know what 2021 will hold, we know for certain we depend on our Savior.
So I invite you to come along with me this year repent, renew and trust in the Lord with all your heart.
Have a 2021 in which the Lord is first and the only one whom you lean on and trust.
Join us in reading through the Bible on a Chronological Bible journey. I encourage you to consider friends or relatives or church congregation members that you might want to invite along on this as well. Here is the link to the reading plan. you can read from your own Bible, Listen to an audio Bible, use an app on your phone or tablet or any combination but read the entire Bible in 2021 that is the goal. Here is the link to the information and a file you can print out. https://www.chronologicalbibleblog.com/2010/12/welcome-to-the-chronological-bible-blog.html