Welcome to 2019! Raise your hand if you are entering this new year with a few misty-eyes glances over your shoulder at the old year? While I am excited and motivated about all that this nouvelle annee has in store for me, 2018 held the comfort of familiarity. I was used to writing it in my journal and on letters; there was a sense of predictability that came with set routines and old habits; I felt a connection with events and people that passed, yet somehow saying “this year” rather than “last year” when referencing them kept them closer. The new year is a blank slate on which anything can happen and that can be intimidating.
As a military wife, I have had to acquaint myself with the unpredictable, with extreme flexibility and with cultivating a positive outlook when things don’t go as planned or wished. I like to feel settled and secure, to know where things are and to have a community. The thought of ever moving again after I’ve put down roots in a friendly place can feel like a rough uprooting- something to resist and resent, worthy of complaint rather than joy.
But recently God has prompted me to look at a potential move as a transplanting rather than an uprooting. The latter has a negative connotation in which we think of the plant as not being wanted, pulled out and carelessly tossed aside. The former, however, indicates a tender transition of a growing plant to a predetermined location where it can flourish even more.
I don’t expect a move to happen in 2019 but I want to apply this fresh outlook to every unexpected encounter in this fresh year. God didn’t uproot me from 2018; He transplanted me into 2019. In this year, I have the opportunity to lay aside attitudes that hinder and cultivate helpful ones in their place. It will be proving ground for the lessons learned last year and a classroom for new lessons I have yet to learn. And surprises! I am sure there will be many delightful surprises awaiting me.
Let’s raise our glasses of sparkling cider to being lovingly transplanted from a good year to an even better one.
Wow, I love this perspective! It’s incredible to realize the impact of a carefully chosen word that we allow to grow in our minds and hearts. Transplanted vs. uprooted. The future possibilities are endless. May we stay rooted in God’s Word as we branch out in the year ahead! God bless you and yours!
Amen to that! Happy new year! 🎊
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I love love love this perspective! We did a lot of transplanting in our garden this year – the plants are often shocked at first but with a little love and nurture they bloom far bigger and are more beautiful than they could have been in their previous container (which is often smaller and has been outgrown). I know that wherever God sends you, you will blossom. 🙂
Isn’t it neat to see so many rich spiritual lessons in the every day routines happening all around us?