(Post by: Lilly Hobbs) Blogmas Day Twenty-Nine

Well, here we are, just three days away from welcoming a new year, 2023. I cannot tell you how I feel about it or whether I am excited to welcome it, only because I do not know for certain myself.

I have much reflecting to do about this year, for it has been a strange mixture of so many varying experiences, feelings, and emotions. However, one thing I do know for certain is that the Lord is still just as good as when I met Him. I have found His faithfulness to be sure and unchanging, and His loving kindness to be as consistent as the sun’s rising each morning.

I still have this longing, though. This sole desire for something more. For something I have never experienced, but want to, more than I could ever explain on paper.

To be truthful, I suppose I am a bit fearful of what 2023 may bring, and at the same time what it may not bring. I guess you could say I currently find myself “world weary”. I worry about doing well in school, about the health of my family, losing close friends, future finances, marrying/having children one day, career choices, and a multitude of other things.

Why do I share this with you? I simply do not know, but I have a feeling it may be because I hope someone else feels the same.

Maybe that someone is you.

Perhaps one of my favorite quotes is by C. S. Lewis who once said this… “I have found a desire within myself that no experience in this world can satisfy. The most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”

You and I were made for another world. One far more glorious than the one in which we currently reside. In fact, it’s the real world. It’s home. That’s what I long for more than anything else.

Charles Spurgeon once said, “For when a man reaches a certain point and writes “till now,” (referring to the Lord’s faithfulness) he is not yet at the end; he still has a distance to go. More trials, more joys; more temptations, more triumphs; more prayers, more answers; more toils, more strength; more fights, more victories; and then he faces sickness, old age, disease, death. Is it over then? No! Then there is wakening in Jesus’ likeness, thrones, harps, songs, psalms, white raiment, the face of Jesus, the company of saints, the glory of God, the fullness of eternity, the infinity of bliss.”

Never mind how we may be feeling about 2023. This, this my friends is what we get to look forward to if we love Jesus and accept Him as Lord! Doesn’t the mere thought of Heaven outweigh any negative ones you may now have?

Though we live in a world which is, at present, subject to Satan, let us not forget to whom we ultimately belong. We belong to Jesus, the one who sent death back to the grave to die itself, once and for all.

Don’t be afraid to sit with sorrow, for a time. Do not be afraid to mourn what you have lost, or to remember what you need to be reminded of.

But oh, dear soul, do not be afraid to dance. Do not be afraid to dream, and to desire to arrive at last at home forevermore.

Do not ever forget that the only probable explanation for why you desire precisely what the world cannot give you, is that you were made for another world.

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