Hello Dear Readers!
January is almost over!
Sitting here this Sunday evening, the urgency of time so quickly passing
lays heavy on me. It has been a month
since the Lord and I spent New Years weekend looking back on 2023 and
remembering the journey, the treasures, the sorrows and the highlights in His
Word and in life.
It was an exceptionally rich and pivotal year filled with
canine adventure, travel, the announcements of more great-grandbabies on the
way, painful losses and wonderful joys.
It was a year filled with learning and stretching and growing…yes even
at this time in my life! But the burden
that must be shared is the major paradigm shift I learned and then experienced in
I’m sure everyone reading this understands that we “Westerners”
are often puzzled by or fail to grasp many nuances in Scripture – a “Book” –
written by the Holy Spirit using Middle Eastern writers and embedded in a
Middle Eastern culture. That being said…we…reading
with Western minds miss many Middle Eastern norms, idioms and nuances. One of the major consequences is we read the
Word through the lens of seeking what the Lord is saying to us, about
us. Our Western way of thinking is
pretty self-centered unfortunately. *However,
the Scriptures are meant to be read through the Middle Eastern lens of what they
are saying about God!
So this New Years Eve as I remembered 2023, my focus dramatically
Lord, what were the important things in 2023 You
showed me about YOU?
And…what trajectory / adjustments must I make
that will posture me in 2024 to receive more revelations from You, about YOU?
Then, what are Your purposes for them in
2024? How can I bring them forward into
this new year?
Scripture itself bears witness to God’s perspective on remembering
in order to bring it forward:
“…remember this day in which you came out from Egypt,
out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the Lord brought you out from
this place.” Exodus 13:3
“Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy…” Exodus 20:8
“Remember that the Lord your God led you on the entire
journey these forty years in the wilderness, so that He might humble you and
test you, to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His
commands. Deuteronomy 8:2
“Remember the word that Moses the servant of the Lord
commanded you saying, ‘The Lord your God is providing you a place of rest and
will give you this land.’” Joshua 1:13
Luke 17:32 “Remember
As you looked back on 2023…
What important things did the Lord show you
Pondering these, what adjustments will posture
you better in 2024 to receive more revelations about Him?
What might God’s purposes be as you bring
those remembrances forward into 2024?
Why don’t you take
some time and ask Him. It is still only
*McLelland, Kristi, “Rediscovering Israel: A fresh Look at
God’s Story In Its Historical and Cultural Context”, Harvest House Publishers,
Eugene, Oregon, 2023