By Bindu Adai-Mathew

I have a confession to make. For probably the first time in my life, I was not looking forward to the new year. Typically each year, like to many people, symbolizes a new beginning for me…a renewed interest in my life, my dreams, a time for change—good change. This year, however, 2012 represented a continuation of the same old, same old. Same job instability (company announced a merger last year and I’m still unsure about my future at my company), same motherhood stresses (over the weekend, my daughter came down with yet another cold), same financial worries , same everything. To be honest, I felt so overwhelmed with the stresses of the latter part of 2011, that 2012 was as appealing  as a plate of fried liver.

But as the new year started, it hasn’t been that bad. Yes, I’m still wondering if I will be part of the efforts of my company to create “synergy”  (that’s a fancy word they keep using for layoff) between the new and old companies. Yes, my daughter got yet another cold from daycare (not bad in and of itself, but now my daughter’s smile resembles a hockey player ‘s after an accident resulted in the loss of two teeth last October and a common cold back in December quickly evolved into an ear infection and pneumonia.)    Life is hard, isn’t it, and the travails of motherhood and life are nothing to scoff at!    But, I was reminded in my quiet time, we still serve a Mighty God! The same God who created this universe. The same God who parted the Red Sea. The same God who defeated the enemy of His people over and over again. That same God can change my circumstances in an instant. That same God often allows these struggles in our lives to build character and perseverance in our hearts.

Lord, thank you for reminding me that you are still on the throne. Thank you for reminding me that I don’t have to be overwhelmed by Life, but that You will provide me with the ability to get through my challenges. Let me hide under the majesty of your wings. Let me rest there in my hiding place and just be…with You.

And let that not only be my new year’s resolution but my Life’s resolution.

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