This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “beyond.”
As we come towards the end of 2020 and look back, it still makes me smile that my word for the year is “vision.” I certainly didn’t see this year turning out as it has, and for a long time I wondered if it really was the word God had led me to.
On reflection, I think it was.
A lot of it has been about holding onto hope that God will fulfil the vision he has given me, even if not in the way or in the timing I expect. It has been about looking beyond our present circumstances, remembering that it won’t be like this forever, directing my vision to something greater.
“So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT)
And this week there was very real hope of life beyond COVID in the coming year as people across the UK began to receive the vaccine! I know it will take months to roll it out widely, but it’s amazing to think there’s hope for more normality to come.
As we look to 2021, plans are going in the diary once again. I’m not yet confident that they will all happen, but I’m hopeful that some of them might!
And I’m trying to remember to take one step at a time. 2020 has certainly challenged my love for planning ahead, but in the uncertainty I’ve known God’s provision every step of the way, sometimes in ways beyond anything I’ve imagined.
It reminds me that the focus of my vision must be on him. Even if circumstances are better next year, they must not be the source of my hope.
The challenge is to look beyond.