January 1, 2000
Hundreds of white geese stretched across the winter sky this New Year’s Day. Beautiful! It is always a pleasure to see them.Then suddenly, for a brief moment, a number of geese formed a huge question mark shape as they were flying— then again melded with the others into the V formations rapidly heading south.
Startling, interesting, appropriate— I was pleased I caught that unusual moment. A questions mark easily fits, and belongs, with January of any year.
The year 2000 makes it especially unique. This quiet morning begins the first day of a new year, a new century, a new millennium.
What does this never-used-before period of time contain? What is ahead? What can we expect? What will be expected of us? What God-given assignments are in store for us to fulfill in the year 2000?
I may have questions, but God has truly already given the answers! What an excellent time to reflect upon things of Eternal value. I pick up my Bible and begin to read.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . love your neighbor as yourself."Mark 12:30,31
"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you . . ."Matthew 5:44
"Love one another as I have loved you."John 15:12
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God . . ."John 14:1
"Let us love not merely in theory or in words— let us love in sincerity and practice."I John 3:18 Phillips
"He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with Your God."Micah 6:8 NIV
There is MUCH more but these small bits of His personal answers; these few fragments of direction, of promise, fire my soul!
Today can be wasted, spent in a way far short of its potential— or it can be committed into the hands of Sovereign God, and therefore lived fruitfully for others and for Him.
Heavenly Father, thank you for this morning’s question mark and for Your solid answers. I now know what to do with today’s segment of TIME and for the rest of my life. Amen.