Psalm 121:1-4 – I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Do you feel like you have no purpose going into the new year? Do you feel adrift in a sea of change? What kind of adversity will you face in your body in 2021? Is there any hope for 2021?
Many people are saying that they couldn’t wait for 2020 to be over because it was such a bad year for everyone. But will 2021 be better or is there the possibility that it could be even worse?
Entrepreneur.com in their article, “10 Ways Successful People Push Through Adversity,” gives us some ideas on how to face adversity and get past it such as taking stock of all you’ve been through already. The hardships we’ve been through can give us confidence that we can handle whatever comes our way. Also, adversity offers valuable insights to learn from our mistakes and give us a better chance of success the next time we’re hit with adversity. One more is to make peace with your situation. Spend some time processing and thinking about what you could’ve done differently and stop blaming others. Instead, take responsibility for your part of the situation.
Finally, where does our hope, our help, come from? It comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. Cling to that hope walking into the new year, and you’ll not only feel more grounded, but you’ll also be able to find joy in the midst of your adversity.
The verses above also tell us that God won’t let our foot slip. He watches over us whether we are awake or asleep for God never sleeps. I often find it helpful if I put my name into a certain Bible verse and then read it. It can not only make it more personal but can make you feel like God is speaking right to you. So here’s mine: Karen lift up your eyes to the mountains – where does her help come from? Karen’s help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let Karen’s foot slip – he who watches over Karen will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Karen will neither slumber nor sleep. Now put your name into the verses and read them out loud. Therein lies our hope for 2021, it is God who will watch over us and stay right beside us no matter what the new year brings.
Key words: hope for 2021, adversity, sea of change, God brings us through, God beside us
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.