I have always been fascinated with old maps. Old map makers, before they had the modern instruments that we have, when they would draw maps, they would draw maps as far out as they had been, as far out as they had explored; and then, when they reached the nether point of their exploration, they had not known what would be beyond, and you can see this on some old maps—they would write or draw pictures: “Beyond this, there may be dragons.” Now, they’d never seen a dragon; but, they didn’t know what was out there. And so, they would always think that what was in the future, “Beyond this, there may be dragons,” because they were afraid of the future; they were afraid of the uncharted; they were afraid of the unknown—beyond this, there’d be dragons.
Well, actually, beyond this, there were golden sandy beaches, lush valleys, pure rivers, and beautiful mountains. But, so far as they were concerned, it was uncharted and unknown, and, therefore, fearful. And, that’s the way many of us feel about the future. Friends, I’ve never seen things change like they have this past year. And my kids tell me that I’m pretty old! But it is incredible. Never in history, many “experts” say, has there ever been a year like the year we’ve just come through—remarkable. And, who knows what 2019 will bring to Anchor Point Bible Church and our lives?
I’d like to share a portion from God’s Word, that I pray will guide you in this new year. It’s Hebrews 13:5b-6. “…be content with what you have, for He [God] has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’”
My prayer for you is a year without fear, a year ahead full of adventure and blessing as you trust the Lord and rest in His care and help.