Reflections on 2020

Jeremiah 17:7–8

7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
8 He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.

You know, I know, everyone knows that 2020 was a difficult year for multitudes of folks, in many different ways. But often it is through serious adversity that the greatest of character traits are seen, cultivated and forged.

2020 is not gone (in a sense), but neither are the blessings that God can bring from the difficulties. Don’t just wish 2021 away because it may bring great trials. Every year God gives us is a blessing and an opportunity.

Just like being down by 17 at halftime of a football game, we don’t quit. We go forward. We find strength. We reach down deeper. We learn from mistakes. We extend encouragement. We refocus and approach our task with the right attitude.

Allow tough times to help refine you. Count the blessings you have. Turn to Him. Turn to His Word. Turn to His Son. Make the most of this year whatever it may bring.

Be safe, look up, and seek Him.

by Daren Schroeder