Future Possibilities, Present Foundation.

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain...it is in vain you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
— Psalm 127:1-2

As the New Year has come, I begin to think of all the things I want to accomplish. I’d like to think that the awesome list of goals I have for myself will come easy and that everything will happen exactly the way I plan. But the truth is I have no idea what the future holds and sometimes that can cause some “anxious toil” on my part. Let’s be honest, when have any of my plans gone exactly to plan? (The answer is never…) No matter how many dates and ideas I write in my planner, I can’t actually control any of it.

Even though the New Year holds many unknowns, I am still excited. There’s no telling what is coming, which leads to many different feelings. It makes me think of going to the airport and boarding a plane to a new place. Did you ever do something like that?

I remember making my way slowly through security and looking back to see my family waving as I walked forward to meet my new life in Hungary. I choked down the lump that was ever growing in my throat. I remember all of the emotions: excitement, anxiety, fear, happiness, and anticipation. There was no telling what was about to happen. I had some expectations of what it might be like, but overall that coming year in Hungary just held a lot of unknown possibility.  

In the same way, the future, especially at the beginning of a new year, can bring about these same feelings of the unknown. Excitement, anxiety, fear, happiness, and anticipation. Any of that sound familiar to you? We make resolutions to be better people and we try harder to be more organized. We toil and toil, staying up late, getting up early, just to make sure everything happens the way we “need” it to happen. But do we really need to do any of that? God says he will give his beloved sleep. So let’s rest in him and give our need for control over to him.

As I look towards what’s coming and all the “possibility,” I want to make sure everything I “build” in my life is the Lord’s. Just as in Psalm 127, I want the Lord to build my “house” rather than me so that it isn’t in vain. So this year as I build new habits, dreams and products, I want to do so in the strength of the Lord. Everyday I am praying and asking for the Lord’s guidance and strength, especially when it comes to Globally Noted.

It is the Lord who will build us up and gives us rest. He is our present foundation in a world of anxious toil. I know we can take all of the New Year emotions we experience and bring them to the Lord, just like I did when I moved to Hungary. So as we walk into this New Year, will you rest in the Lord with me as he accomplishes what he desires?

Samantha CouickComment