Because of the LORD’s great love we
are not consumed, for his
compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness
Oh the time has come, again. Every year most of us plan out our resolutions and wave goodbye
to the year in high hopes for the next one.
We wave good-bye to the failed resolutions in hopes to make new ones and stick to them. We
wave good-bye to our bad days, and say so long to failed attempts at having that perfect year
we all long for. I was really trying to think about what to write this time around. I could tell you
of all the failed attempts I have had at trying to keep my resolutions. When Knox was born last
year, I had all these goals. I was going to be the best mom and I had a grocery list of things to
do and things not to do. In reality, however, rarely does a day go by exactly as I had planned.
Along the way, sometimes I fail, sometimes I do the things I resolved not to do - but sometimes
I succeed, it’s a part of life. We try hard to plan out our years, our lives - to be in total control
of ourselves and others. We neglect the fact that God is the ultimate planner and it’s up to us to
listen, to obey and to follow through.
I was sitting in the airport getting ready to visit family for the holidays. I saw thousands of
people anxiously awaiting to board their flights when it dawned on me that all these people
are placing their trust in two people. The pilots. We jump onto planes putting our lives into the
hands of the two pilots to get us to our destinations safely. We do it without thought. Same goes
for the person driving a car if you are sitting in the passenger seat - your trust is in the driver.
The scenario replays and repeats - the doctor that we trust when we are sick, the strangers we
come in contact with, the mechanic, the plumber...the list could continue. We give our trust so
easily to complete strangers half the time, why do we have such a hard time giving it to God?
Why is it so hard for us to listen to Him and trust Him? We don’t blink for one second to rush to
the doctor when sick and depend on his or her advice, but we find it a little more difficult to ask
God for healing and understanding? We trust the chef at a restaurant to cook our food safely,
but find it hard to trust that God will provide food for our tables? You see, we put our trust in
people on a daily basis, but sometimes we neglect the one person we should trust the most.
We all have had times where we wanted to sit down, throw our hands up and say I GIVE UP.
There are times where we may say THIS HAS BEEN THE WORST YEAR EVER (every year
even). But every year has its good and bad, its failures and successes. In all good and bad,
however, we need to trust God. Storms also bring blessings. Many of you may have experienced
losses this year in crops, animals, loved ones, financial matters, the list goes on.. You
may be wondering why? I am not God and I don’t know why, but if we trust Him like we trust
strangers so easily, our years may not be as bad.
As we start to enter 2017 and plan our resolutions, remember God is the pilot and master
planner of our life. His plan is far greater than ours ever could be. I never could have imagined
where Ag Mag or I would be today if it weren’t for Him. If I had not listened, where would I
be? If I had listened more, where would I be? We can waste all this time trying to make plans
for ourselves but they will never go as planned unless we really take a breath and just listen.
Take time to roll down the windows, turn the music down, and listen to God’s plan. This year
I encourage you to make resolution that we be a little nicer to those who hurt us, be realistic in
knowing not every day is going to be the best, and trust a little more.
Thank you to all those who trust me, support me and my magazine, and uplift me in ways
I never thought possible. From my family to yours, Happy New Year.