2020 – It’s not all bad!

Recently I have seen many memes around the theme of ‘fast forwarding 2020 and skipping to 2021’. There has been so much trauma and anxiety on a global scale, with bush fires, Coronavirus and the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. I think it’s a year we can all agree we won’t forget in a hurry and has affected many of us on a personal level.

Yet as I reflected on the year so far, it hasn’t all been bad. It’s been a year of new experiences and growth opportunities. Teachers and parents have learnt to make Zoom calls and navigate learning platforms like Seesaw and Google classroom. There are skills we now have that we didn’t even know existed at the start of the year.

For me personally, I have welcomed a niece into our family, taken my dad home to The Netherlands for the first time in 70 years, I have two family members’ significant birthdays to enjoy, the opportunity to celebrate 25 years of marriage and the anticipation of my son’s upcoming wedding.

So whilst there have been some significant low points this year, there has also been new experiences, growth opportunities and things to celebrate. As Richard M Nixon said ‘Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.’ Therefore, I encourage you to pause and reflect on the good things that have happened to you this year. Even though this year has been tough, I’m grateful we are not fast forwarding 2020 and skipping straight to 2021, there are many sweet moments we’d miss.

The Bible reminds us that we have a peace and a hope that sees beyond our current circumstances. Hebrews 6:19 reminds us that we have a hope that is an anchor for our soul, firm and secure.  What a comfort as we journey through the remainder of the year.