“Light is sweet. How pleasant to see a new day dawning.” Ecclesiastes 11:7
This morning Chris asked me, “What are you hopeful for in 2021.”
I can honestly say, I’ve never been so excited for a year to end and a new year to begin. Like many of you, so much was lost for us this year. Big and small. Over and over. “You have got to be kidding me” was a phrase I heard myself saying almost weekly in ways I would never have chosen in 2020. So much loss. One thing after another, they just kept coming.
One of the small, yet big losses for us this year was this diamond that I looked down to find missing from my wedding ring, back in February. We searched high and low all over the house, but to no avail. It sat safely on my finger for 16 years, and then this year, of all the years, it disappeared. Another loss.
But last week, almost 11 months after it went missing, my sweet, introverted 9 year old asked me to clear out a small space for her in the bottom of our hallway linen closet, so she could have a quiet spot all to herself to read and color with her flashlight. So I said yes, and we cleaned out the whole closet and cleared plenty of space for her to cozy up in the bottom underneath all the shelves.
The next day, while she was reading and coloring, her flashlight illuminated something small and shiny on the carpet beneath her book. She brought it down to show us, and sure enough, it was my diamond.
I couldn’t believe it. Something we had written off as completely lost for good, showed up. It was a flat out miracle. I found myself saying once more, “you’ve got to be kidding me.” This time in response to something good.
Chris took it into the jeweler to have it placed securely back in my band, brought it home, and got down on one knee in front of the kids to place it back on my finger. They cheered. I cried. Grateful beyond words that God would go out of his way to restore something so small, but so dear to us that had been lost. Something we had written off as just another big blow in the series of great losses of 2020. But then, God surprised us.
And it sparked a flicker of hope in me for 2021.
May this new year bring with it the beginning of redemption for all of us in 2021. Restoration of so much that was lost in 2020. May we find ourselves saying over and over in 2021, “You’ve got to be kidding me.” But this time in gratitude for all the Lord is restoring in the world around us.
Here’s to the miracle of restoration. Here’s to the beauty of a new day dawning. Here’s to 2021.