Happy New Year! I have heard many people say I am so glad we are starting a new year, let’s hope for the best! It’s right on, we all are looking for a fresh start. Let 2020 be gone, it gave us too many unexpected trials. A priest was sharing with a group during an online meeting recently and at the end of our meeting, he concluded by asking everyone a question:
“What are you thankful for this year?”
His question was certainly startling, it took a few seconds before someone broke the silence and began to express what they were thankful for. As I listened, it seemed that many had something in common, they were thankful for the time they had during this pandemic. Many were forced to stay home, work from home, limit their activities and so they expressed how thankful they were in seeing the value of the time they had with their spouse, time to read, or to catch-up on many things. Time frames our daily routines; we measure our time by clocks and calendars. We plan so many details with time, from our work, sleep, recreation, and planning. What would we do if we had the extra time?
Perhaps we would fill it with additional activities, would we think of using this time with God?
God is the source of our gifts, our energy, our talents, our time, and the more connected we are to the source of everything that is necessary to accomplish the project, the greater the possibilities of that project to be brought to completion. We need to be connected to the Source, God.
The Lord does not delay his promise
In the 2nd Letter of Peter, Chapter 3, verses 8-9; we read:
“…beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,” but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
One day is like a thousand years! God patiently waits for us to come to him. When we enter into a relationship with God and ask Him to be our partner in the things we do, we are less likely to spend time in distraction and frustration.
As we begin this new year, mark your calendar, set your watch to spend time with the Triune God. We make appointments for so many important things, the most important engagement is time with our Creator, our Heavenly Father, our Savior. Speak to him and then be quiet so He can speak to your soul. The Lord wants to be a part of your life to prepare you for what is on the road ahead. The busier we become, the more we need this time with Him. So many people think that time spent with God is a waste. As a result, they live and work in their own strength, until they become worn-out, run-down. Then they either cry out to God and expect immediate results or turn away in bitterness, in sadness.
How much better to choose time with God and allow Him to guide you, to bless your endeavors. If you live in this way, you will be less distracted and accomplish more. Some people may not understand you for doing this, but many more will be blessed by your peacefulness which is a fruit of your time with God.
Mary Jane Fox, D.H.S. is Co-Founder & Co-Director of Pilgrim Center of Hope with her husband, Deacon Tom Fox. The two left their careers after a profound conversion experience and began working full-time in ministry at their parish in 1986. After several years and having impacted tens of thousands of families, the Foxes founded Pilgrim Center of Hope in 1993 as a response to the Church’s call for a New Evangelization. Mary Jane is an invested member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Dame of the Holy Sepulchre.
Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.