2020: A year like no other
2020 will long be remembered as an extraordinary year. The year of the pandemic. The year of isolation. The year of unprecedented shutdowns and restrictions. Most of us will be happy to see the end of 2020, and the start of a new year.
While 2021 may be a breath of fresh air, (despite the poor start) it will also be the year of the new normal. It is an opportunity for us to push the reset button and put life back together in a more healthy and sustainable way.
This year in advent we spent a couple of weeks in the book of Judges. It is a sobering snapshot of the history of Israel, and perhaps humanity. They were unfaithful, came under oppression, repented, God rescued them, there was a season of stability, before regression into unfaithfulness.
In Proverbs 21:11 we read “As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.”
In Hebrews 3 and 4 we read a sustained reflection on Old Testament Israel. Despite seasons of self-induced trials, and opportunities for a fresh start, Israel’s heart remained hard and they missed out on God’s gift of rest.
Then Hebrews 4 goes on to tell us that we ought to learn from Israel’s mistakes. Do not harden your hearts as Israel did in her time of testing.
2020 has been testing for us. Assuming 2021 eventually sees something towards a return to normal, what will you have learned? What folly will you avoid? Without being intentional, it is all too easy to drift back into previous patterns. Old habits die hard.
How will 2021 be different?
Rev David Rietveld
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