And it Came to Pass…

And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry.  Genesis 8:13

Yesterday I was talking to a friend who has had a horrible year, and I do mean horrible.  If it could go wrong for her, it did in 2010.  She said she couldn’t wait to see 1-1-11.  I told her that two days couldn’t make that much of a difference, but she said she was just ready to put 2010 behind her.  If I had been through all she’s been through I’d probably feel the same way.  I’ve told her a million times, “You’re going to be okay.  It’s not always going to be like this.  You will be fine, you will be happy again one day.”  Yesterday I told her that this had come to pass.  It’s not going to stay.

The scriptures use this phrase 457 times.  “And it came to pass.”  I can’t find where it says, “It came to stay.”  Things change, that’s just what happens.  Nothing ever stays the same.  Our babies grow up, our bodies grow old, our friendships change, even sometimes the things you think will always be there change, and it’s just not the same.  The only thing that stays the same is that everything changes.

Our family had a huge change with the loss of one of our own at only 23 years old.  That has changed a lot of things for us.  Of all the things that have come to pass, we never would have dreamed it would be a young man with a wife, a small baby, and his whole life ahead of him.  It makes you really stop and take stock of what you are doing with your life.  It makes you love deeper, pray harder and more aware that each day is a gift not to be squandered.  His mom—a dear friend, mentor, and hero of mine—is facing each day with a pain I cannot comprehend.  I pray daily for God to heal her broken heart and give her true joy in place of the pain.  She’s an amazing woman, and has not faltered to be there for everyone else even when I know she’d much rather be alone in a dark room instead of smiling and caring for those around her like nothing ever happened.

What kind of changes have you experienced this year?  You’ve probably had some that brought you great joy, and you’ve probably had some that you despised having to deal with.  Regardless of the circumstances, they still came to pass and there was nothing you could do about it.  All we can do is take each day and make the best of it.

“It came to pass.”  I seem to be stuck on this phrase.  That usually means God wants me to dig a little deeper.  Today is New Year’s Eve, the last day of 2010.  I find the scripture interesting because it is referencing the first day of the first month of a new year.  The things that had come to pass in Noah’s life are extraordinary.  One day he’s just Noah, going about his business, the next day he’s building a big boat.  Who would’ve thought it?  One day he’s building a big boat, and the next day animals are coming from far and wide to ride his boat.  One day he’s listening to animals growling and howling and the rain beating down, and the next day the sun is shining for the first time in 40 days.  My how things do change!

On this particular day, however, he has a new life ahead of him.  He leaves the Ark to find dry land, and a whole new world!  On the first day of the first month of a new year he has the whole world at his feet, literally!  He may have been overwhelmed at all that lay ahead of him, but he had a life to live and a family to care for, so I believe he made the choice to make the best of it.  He offered sacrifices and praise offerings to the Lord.  The Lord blessed him and helped him through what must have been challenging times of rebuilding.  He had a fresh start.

Tomorrow may just be another day, but it’s also the start of a New Year.  It will be what you make of it!  You will face things that are beyond your control, but you can control your attitude and your actions.  Many things will come to pass in this upcoming year, but you have a new opportunity to make the best of it.  Like Noah, you have a whole year of new experiences ahead of you.  Make a sacrifice of praise and a determination to walk through this year fully committed to following God’s plan.

This year you will be challenged.  You may feel defeated at times, things may look hopeless, and you may feel alone.  But remember that the One Who promised to never leave or forsake you is right by your side.  If you allow Him to, He’ll carry you through whatever you face.  He will make you victorious.  You will also experience jubilation, excitement, love and pure joy.  Jesus will be sharing in all of that with you as well.  What will you make of each day?  Will you be effective this year?  If you haven’t given your heart to the Lord, this is the year to do it—this is the DAY to do it!

Many things have and will come to pass, but Jesus came to stay!  Have a wonderful 2011!!

 

 

Author: Trish Brannon

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  1. Beautifully written Trish. You’re friend is blessed to have you.

  2. I have no idea what friend you are talking about…lol. Wonderful post.

  3. this is such a blessing!


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