Moving house presents all sorts of opportunities–opportunities to build on what has passed and create something new. Most of all opportunities to work with people: to show kindness, patience; to bide your tongue and actually listen to all their ideas–to think before replying–to find their ideas are wonderful. Opportunities for exciting jobs like moving books and cupboards, and also for less glamorous tasks like washing the ever appearing mountain of dishes and baking potatoes to make sure that–in all the flux–everyone stays fed.
It all seems to fit: moving house and into a new year at the same time. Our lives are always full of the ever-constant and the ever-changing. God is constant and calls us to be so likewise–living out our faith–and at the same time He has decreed we be constantly changing–growing and maturing as He shapes us more and more to the image of His Son. That shaping process is sometimes painful, but at the root of it is joy–the joy that lies beyond smiles and beyond tears.
In entering a new year–yes–we leave behind the past, but at the same time, we don’t. Everything it was has become a part of us and we step into the future with it–with all God has worked in and for us over the past year, and looking forward to discovering the joy of what He will do in the next.