What did you do with 2020?

22 Jan

How did 2020 treat you?  Or maybe the better question is, “How did you treat 2020… in other words, what did you make out of it?”  Now I don’t want to minimize some of the major impositions that were experienced by our country, and of course, there were some outright tragedies, including loss of precious lives!  Taking them all into serious consideration, could I draw our attention to how I think God wants to help us extract ‘gold’ out of a difficult year? 

Jesus obviously knew that this world would give us grief and plenty of troubles.  Experiencing trouble in this world is no surprise or anything unusual.

 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” – Jn 16:34

Let’s settle something, the troubles of 2020 were NOT from God.  But, He can always work something good out of anything… even evil!  Consider Joseph’s comments to his brothers.

It’s a new day!!  Who needs crutches!?

“You plotted evil against me, but God turned it into good…” – Gen 50:20

So what kind of good did God desire for us to extract out of 2020?  Here are a few thoughts.

I believe that 2020 was a major agent for weaning… weaning many from their ‘crutches’.  For some, this was very disorienting.  We had considered our crutches as integral to our identity.  In fact, we didn’t know they were crutches.  And now that they’re gone, what on earth will we ever do without our crutches?!  What we didn’t know was that with just a little desperation, determination, activation and the grace of God, we could walk without crutches.  It’s kind of like the old saying: “Necessity is the mother of invention.”  When we realized we were on our own, we activated some new muscles.

This old man gets caught up in the moment and realizes that those crutches that were a part of his identity were holding him back from freedom… they weren’t necessary anymore.  🙂

But the process of letting go of our crutches can be unnerving for first-timers.  We ask, “Is there life without crutches?”  When our leaders imposed the Corona social distancing restrictions, we wondered if there is life without my church, my fellowship, my group, my job, my family?  But the one thing no one could distance us from, was God… unless we allowed it.  Social distancing restrictions actually gave us more time to get more familiar with our Father’s heart.  O, there are some who frittered their golden 2020 opportunity away, but many people are walking testimonies of exercising their hearts into fresh new territories in their walk with God.  So really, it was incumbent upon each of us to make the most out of what we were given.

For me, last year has been a most wonderful year in almost every way.  I’ve grown more, expanded more, and feel more alive in God than ever in my life.  I feel like my unique DNA is more activated and suited for this time in history.  It’s actually been one of the most rewarding years of enjoyable spiritual growth in my life. 

So, I’d like to hold out to all who can dare to believe; God always has a strategy to maximize His graces in us, no matter the circumstances.  Nothing takes Him by surprise.  Enter into His perspective… activate a new ‘muscle’ that you’ve never used before… it’s quite likely that you’re more equipped, ready and empowered than you ever imagined.  A new frontier… a new breakthrough is waiting for you.  You are well able to ‘go up and take the country.’

— MLH

2 Responses to “What did you do with 2020?”

  1. Mel Wild January 23, 2021 at 1:18 PM #

    Good word, Mark! I love the video! Yes, let’s get caught up in what God is doing and forget about our crutches! Let’s not squander this golden opportunity to go deeper with the God who knows no social distancing. Sounds like a good plan!

    • Mark Hendrickson January 27, 2021 at 3:52 PM #

      There’s still a lot of gold to be gotten out of 2020. It certainly set some things in motion… and it adjusted our trajectory. Someone once said, “God has a ways and means committee and He means to have His way!” It’s fun to look in hindsight and see His design.

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