New Year's Resolutions always seem so daunting to me.
But focusing on one word. That's doable.
The other night as I was drifting off to sleep the word fulfill came to me and stuck.
I'm looking for God to fulfill some promises in my life. And I certainly have some things I need to fulfill for Him in my life.
I used to think that my story had to have a happy ending tied up with a pretty bow before God's promises could be fulfilled. But I've realized that God fulfills promises right in the midst in the messiest parts of our lives.
I think of Mary and Joseph. She was 9 months pregnant riding on a donkey (how uncomfortable that must have been). No room to deliver her baby. So they her sent to a stinky stable among loud animals and stiff bales of hay. No place to deliver a baby much less the King of the World. But God did just that. He delivered His promised Son right in the middle of a mess.
Imagine being Joseph: engaged to a woman who comes up pregnant...with a child who wasn't his. Yet he still married her and took care of her.
Imagine being a young lady about to be married and you find out you're pregnant. And the man you are to marry is considering quietly calling it quits.
Yep, that' s a pretty messy situation right there.
Even with that, Mary proclaimed: "I am the Lord's servant. May your word to me be fulfilled." And I'm proclaiming the same thing today and will be all year.