An Alarming New Year!

An Alarming New Year 2018When our security system began beeping a few mornings ago, I sprang from my bed. Someone had either entered or exited our home around 7:30 a.m. In a few seconds, the alarm would be blaring if I didn’t act fast. I figured our high school sophomore had simply forgotten to disarm the system before leaving to catch her school bus. (Obviously, I’d overslept, because I’m typically awake to see the kids off to school and speak a short blessing over them.) Nonetheless, I disarmed the alarm and went to my daughter’s room to ensure her bed was empty; surely, she was the one who triggered all of this. Surprisingly, she was nestled under the covers. Uh oh, what an awful way to begin a morning!

Soon after, I heard my son—the freshman college student—stirring in his room. I quickly remembered he had been out all night at a friend’s church for a teen lock-in. He was the one who entered our home that mornining. Whew!

My mind didn’t stay at ease for long, though. I realized my high schooler was about to be late for her first period class. “Get up!” I said excitedly. “You missed your bus!” I was frantic and confused.

My daughter woke up in a daze. She peeled her torso off of the mattress and gazed around the room in bewilderment. “Wait,” she murmured and frowned, sweeping her tousled hair away from her face. “It’s Saturday.”

Immediately, I paused and took a deep breath. She was right. I apologized, and eventually, we chuckled. She went back to sleep. I retreated to my room to mull over what had happened.

Perhaps you can relate. You might not have mistakenly rushed into a sleepy teenager’s room on a Saturday morning and burst into an accusatory rant. But, maybe you’ve entered into a new year with some of the confusion and ill-formed assumptions you had in 2017. Like me on that crazy Saturday morning, have you gotten out of the bed ready to fuss, complain, or point your finger? If so, know that you’re not alone.

However, let’s do something more productive instead. Forget what’s behind and look forward to the future—a new year, a new day, and another chance to get things right. When you mull over your situation and review the facts like me, maybe you’ll even chuckle. Besides, complaining does nothing but bring us down—it never resolves the problem. So, this week, when you hear unexpected news, become confused, or feel alarmed, look to God for security and peace. We can all be thankful He gives us new beginnings.

What have you chosen to be content about in 2018, despite what it may have looked like in 2017?