(This Week: Rosh Hashanah’s “New.”)
Nail-biters, lackadaisicals, planners, and everyone in between will peer into their new face at some point.
It could be the new face of being a freshman at high school or college. It might be the flush face of a newlywed (they still exist). A baby might show his or her face and now the parents will wear the face of fatherhood and motherhood – face paint that never wears off.
And on and on it goes.
I know a lot of pre-retirees and even more of those post-career people who are facing their senior years.
Sometimes what is new falls into physical, financial and geographic limitations.
What we morph into is never exactly what we plan (or don’t plan). It’s new.
“I never expected to be where I’m at,” is a common reaction to summarizing life.
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and it is perhaps more of a season demarcation than our January New Year because the school year starts, civic clubs and organization begin again and the summer ends.
Wherever we are at in life’s journey, there’s another train stop ahead and it’s going to let us off at a station we have never visited before.
PORTAL TO HEAVEN: Facing the new on a personal or corporate level can make us bite our nails or fill us with anticipation. Either way, life rarely goes exactly the way we expect. It is best to accept God’s invitation to travel with Him versus trying to tug Him along with us.
“We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it… Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Proverbs 16:9 (The Message),Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)