If we needed a reminder that our world is broken, 2020 reminded us like a slap in the face.
We all entered 2020 bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, then we were quickly reminded we were not ready for the onslaught of was 2020.
Just about everyone experienced loss in some sort of way. Whether it was a loss of life, loss of closeness with others, loss of time, loss of opportunities, loss of hopes and dreams. It seems we all have something to grieve and I grieve with you.
It seems that our world is spinning out of control. As we receive a piece of good news, it seems two pieces of bad news take its place. Every little thing that happens seems like it’s all piling on.
It reminds me of that Simpsons where Homer is posing as Krusty and beats up someone he thinks is stealing. Homer was so relentless that a child starting crying saying “Stop! Stop! He’s already dead!”
But like Homer, 2020 doesn’t seem to stop, as the year winds down there are people who jokingly ask what the season finale will be as it’s hard to believe it’s coming to an end. But is it really. 2020 is just a year, a way for us to count our trips around the sun. 2020 is not a TV show, once it’s over the world will continue to be the broken place it always has been.
But there is hope to look to. Joy can be found. Maybe not of this world, but they can be found in Jesus. Hope and joy found in Jesus is sustainable, but we have to be open to receive it.
Not to get into details, but most of the second half of this year I have only been sustained by the hope and joy provided by Jesus. Hope and joy that is deeply rooted in someone greater and stronger than I. If it wasn’t for Jesus, I don’t know what kind of shape my heart would be in… and because of that, I weep for all the people who don’t know Him. I am overwhelmed by the fact that there are billions of people who are trying to make it through the brokenness of this world without His joy, without His hope.
As we look forward to 2021, let’s remember that the world is broken. Let’s be mindful that 2021 could be even worse than 2020. So that only thing that I am sure of is that no matter what happens, no matter what the world tries to throw at us, no matter how much Satan tries to influence us all, Jesus is still on His throne.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
In 2021, instead of hoping to be able to take a vacation, or get that promotion, or find a spouse, let’s resolve to put our hope in Jesus. Let’s resolve to allow Him to be our joy because if He is the source of our hope and joy, we will overflow with life.