“So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
The first lines in the song “Seasons of Love,” from the popular musical Rent, the question is asked, “525,600 minutes, / How do you measure, measure a year?”
These lyrics come to mind as one year ends and the New Year makes its entrance. Each (non-leap) year we receive 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes to make the most of. At year’s end we tend to reflect and resolve that the New Year will be better. This past year held many moments, some good and some not so good, depending on our disposition, and will be remembered by our response to them.
The Dickens classic A Tale of Two Cities begins with the famous words, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…” Which was it???
Countless changes occur every year, day, and hour. Nevertheless, comfort, courage, and stability can be found in knowing, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:3 NKJV). He never changes!
No matter the year, in every single one of those 525,600 minutes, God is present. We can focus on that fact or face our fears, failures, trials, and triumphs alone—relegating the One who promised to never leave or forsake us to the sidelines of every situation.
However, when we invite Him to be a part of each day’s joy or sorrow and maintain that mindset throughout the year, obstacles become opportunities to witness God work miracles.
When brokenhearted, He is the One who promises to bind up every break in our hearts and wipe the tears from our eyes (Isaiah 61:1-3). In our weakness, He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-11). When downcast, He is the Lifter of our head and our Burden-bearer (Psalm 3:3, 1 Peter 5:7). In our tough times He lives to bless us. His presence is the proof that God really is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).
Twelve months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes. Brand new. All yours. Make them count.