Is It Just Another Day?
Time passes and a new day starts – midnight! Then the new day is on us. Once each year, that special night represents the passing of another year and the beginning of a new one. If you really think of it, it’s just another day. We celebrate, shoot off fireworks, kiss our loved ones, watch the crystal ball come down, or toast with friends after a long party of anticipation. Some quietly watch as the old passes and the new comes. But really, it’s just another day. We have arbitrarily imposed a time framework that determines the end of a day and the beginning of another, the passing of a year and the freshness of another. But it’s just another day.
What those moments of observance really do is give us hope – hope that something better is just around the corner. Hope that we can improve, we can see a new discovery, or that something will change. When you factor in the mercies of God which are new with every passing moment, the hope of a new day, a new month, a new year is all the more meaningful. It’s not that somehow the year will hold a new set of circumstances or that we will somehow suddenly discover an improved method of behaving in our own strength, what it really means is that we have the opportunity to see the holiness of God in a more profound way.
God doesn’t change; God’s mercy and grace are ever present; the Holy Spirit is always with us. And the circumstances that surround us don’t really change either. They will continue to be challenging and sometimes very painful. The one thing that can change is the attitude and heart that you bring to each new day. You can have eyes to see and ears to hear the Spirit at work within your circumstances; to reflect the mercies of God and the grace of the Holy Spirit in every situation. That is the reminder that each new day and every New Year affords you. Your choice for new eyes and a new heart is not a choice for control but a choice for release – since the hope you pursue is not in your own resolve but the constancy of God’s holiness.
In reality the turn of the New Year is just another day, but it grants a more pronounced emphasis on the hope that is yours when you let the Holy Spirit permeate every moment and manifest grace and mercy to the glory of God and your good.
May your new year be truly a step further into the grace of God!
Kevin W. Mannoia