As my husband and I were sitting on the coach, toddlers in bed and friends gone for the night, we began dreaming up what God might have in store for 2016. It is always fun to wonder what good might lie ahead. To resolve to do better, love deeper, dream bigger. To hope that we might sink deeper into who God calls us to be and live it out with a greater passion then the year before. The things we resolve to do bring a sense of joy and purpose. But when that clock strikes midnight, I can’t help but wonder how many other hearts and minds begin thinking about all the unresolved. The dreams dashed, the sickness unhealed, the child unborn, the teen in rebellion, the marriage still broken, the loneliness yet to be remedied, and all the unsettled, unanswered, and unclear.
The hope this world can offer is shallow in it’s security, but the bible is filled with deep promises. Promises that will never be broken or unfulfilled.
In 1 Peter 5:7 we are promised that we are cared for.
Did you hear that? The God of all the universe cares about you; and He isn’t just willing to carry your hopes and heartaches—but longs to.
We have a beautiful opportunity to give all that we resolve to God. To surrender the desires of our heart, the things we care deeply about, to His perfect plan. But we can also give him all of the unresolved. All of the worries that rob our peace and burdens that so greatly weigh us down. He cares about both, because He cares about you.
So simply ask God to take all the unresolved, and wait expectantly as He will exchange it for His peace.
“So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.” 1 Peter 5:10-11
© Tamara Gurley 2015