In the last three months, images suggesting the year 2020 should be rewound and started again appear regularly on social media. I saw one again several days ago and took time to ponder it. I asked myself the question: do I want to redo this year?

No. I don’t want a do over. I was reminded that the most lasting change happens in difficult times. I am reminded of something I heard a while back. The essence of the question is this: How do you know that what you are experiencing right now isn’t an answer to your prayers?

I know. I don’t think anyone prayed for a pandemic. But I bet someone prayed for a closer knit family, more time with the kids, less stress at work, wisdom in time management, revival in the nation, state, city, neighborhood, church, family or personal life. And all of those desires have potential to be fulfilled right now.

I am excited about the possibility of what God is doing not only in our nation, but in the world. Nearly every nation, tribe and people has spent considerable time out of normal routines in the last 6 months. May our eyes see and our ears hear what he has for us.

“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink—even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk—it’s all free! Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.

Isaiah 55:1-3

If you have time today, recall the deep cries of your heart as you started this new year. How are those prayers being fulfilled right before your eyes? Open your ears wide, listen to what he has to say!

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