Here we are nearing the eve of a new year. Every since a few days before Christmas eve, the word eve has been lodged in my forethoughts. As I thought on Christmas eve, I couldn’t help but wonder if any one could sense something different in the atmosphere. One day the world was still in the waiting stage, and the next day the wait was over—the Messiah had arrived.
Many people will gather at parties or perhaps church services watching and waiting on New Year’s eve. Waiting to see the old depart and welcome the new. The word eve is defined as the evening or day preceding a special day or the period immediately preceding a certain event. Our calendars help us to easily see the eve of Christmas and New Year’s. But there are some eves that can’t be easily identified by a calendar. Eves happen all around us and throughout our lives.
God does not need a specific date to give us an eve. My mind goes back to such individuals as Saul. One day he was headed out prepared to assassinate Christians not knowing he was on the eve of his deliverance and start to ministry. On an ordinary day of tending sheep, David was on the eve of being anointed King. Happily preparing for marriage, Mary had no idea she was on the eve of an unexpected pregnancy. Zachariah a faithful servant of God, while doing what was customary for priest, was on the eve of having his prayer answered.
During this time of year, it’s customary to have our thoughts filled with ideas for new endeavors or old endeavors that plan to tackle with new fervor. But much of the steam for these projects dies out during mid-year. However, I’m encouraged as I am reminded that I’m not limited to a eve on certain times of the year. With God things are subject to change at any time.
Like most people, there are different things I’m trying in this upcoming year. One of which you might have noticed. I have moved my blog to WordPress (hope I didn’t lose any of you in the process of my switch). And I certainly wish you well any new undertakings but do not lose heart if going into the new year some things remain the same. Your opportunity for an eve is not limited to December 31st.
Wishing you a Happy & Prosperous New Year!