As I sit reflecting on 2020 on this last day of the year, I read Habakkuk 3:17-19 and my heart is encouraged.
“Though the fig tree does not blossom
And there is no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive fails
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock is cut off from the fold
And there are no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will [choose to] rejoice in the Lord;
I will [choose to] shout in exultation in the [victorious] God of my salvation!
The Lord God is my strength [my source of courage, my invincible army];
He has made my feet [steady and sure] like hinds’ feet
And makes me walk [forward with spiritual confidence] on my [a]high places [of challenge and responsibility].”
Though 2020 was not the year we planned or dreamed about…
Though 2020 was a year with no hunters around my Kalahari Kitchen…
Though 2020 was a year of tears, disappointments, unrealised dreams and goals…
Yet, I will choose to rejoice in my Lord for
…a year of student children returning home for lockdown on the ranch
…early morning runs on the farm road
…late night bon fires under the starry Milky Way
…creating new recipes with my daughters in my Kalahari kitchen
…the opportunity for us as a family to reset, regather, refocus, grow.
Yes, 2020 was a challenging year but today as I reflect back, my heart is filled with joy, thankfulness and hope.
For the Lord is my strength, my source of courage
He makes my feet steady, even though the new year is uncertain and the future is unknown
He makes me walk with spiritual confidence on my high places of challenge and responsibility.
I am excited to journey with you as we face a new year with new possibilities, new opportunities, new friendships, new memories around my Kalahari Kitchen table.
Life’s not about expecting, hoping and wishing, it’s about doing, being and becoming.Mike Dooley