There’s something magical about facing the age-old New Year’s question: will I make a resolution this year? Maybe it’s from listening as a kid to the deep voice of actor Joseph Cotton, but around Jan 2nd I start to hear in my head a deep, somber baritone voice saying “In the beginning….”.
Those iconic words signal so much. Possibility. Fear. Creativity. Anxiety. A blank screen page, or a field blanketed by unmarked snow, or even an uncluttered day-timer, offers both opportunity and risk. In that moment we (ok, I) face the decision will I do it differently than before? Will I trust the Spirit enough to follow to where I’ve never been before? Or will I take the trail I always have?
I admit I like familiarity of old trails. There’s something solid in knowing there is a “tried and true” way of moving through the world. I feel a little less intimidated by all that lies before me. On the other hand, I am entirely invigorated at the prospect of doing things differently. Something new. For me faithful living is about facing the opportunity and fear together: I can’t know the outcome, but I trust that the unknown path lead me to more than I could ever ask for or imagine.
When I put up that calendar to January, even with dates already reserved for an activity, I realize that I can be whoever, or however, I want to be this year. I don’t have to “Do Life” the way I always have. I can regroup, or reassess: I can choose what will be the priorities this year? What is life-giving to me? How can I make space in my life to engage that more than I have before? In the beginning…
The rest of that first sentence of the Hebrew (& Christian) bible is “in the beginning, God created…”. The Spirit that runs through all living things hovered over a formless void, like a dove on a nest over her eggs. Our lives are not be formless or void (in fact, most of us have more things we want to do than feel we have time for); but imagine if we were to sit in the darkness, or in the liminal light of dawn or sunset, and allow those words to hover over us this month. In the beginning, God created…
Imagine the Spirit of God (however you understand this) hovering over you, using the colours and textures that are your hopes and relationships and chosen obligations, to create a life as spectacular as the rest of Creation is. Imagine the awe and wonder as All that is Life-giving guides your choices about time…and energy…and heart…and “stuff”.
Perhaps in this beginning, I needn’t make a resolution as much as I need to make Space Within so that the Life-giving, Creator Spirit can direct me to be our fullest and best selves. Join me; let me hear your journey. What a 2016 that would be, heh?