New Years 2012
I went out with some friends of mine to celebrate New Years tonight, and we made our way to one of those clubs with lots of drunk, poorly dressed girls and bad dance music. Don't get me wrong, I love dancing, but these types of places usually turn me off. I can't help but notice the sea of faces that peer back at you with that lost and empty gaze. I see the voids and the desperate searching for identity, finding themselves in all the wrong things. My heart is always broken and grieved.
As midnight approached and the DJ starting counting down for the new year, I heard a warning in my spirit. I looked out over the shouts and laughter and knew that, very soon, their laughter would turn into mourning. All their lives are about to change as our country is about to move into a new season. A season of hardship and grief. A season of desperation and questioning.
I am not a nay-sayer, and I don't like it when people are overly dramatic about seeing doom on every corner. Yet, I could not deny the Lord's earnestness, nor his mercy.
Matthew 9:36 states: When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd."
I felt so strongly God's desire to call all of us home into his loving and capable arms. I felt his desire that we would stop looking to this empty world and start looking to him to supply all our needs. The world will only ever steal and suck the life from us. God wants to give life back to us and them some.
Things are about to change, but no matter what, God's mercy is ever-present. He is always waiting to redeem us from our perils. And he will redeem us from the perils to come.