Happy new year!
Though it seems like much hasn’t changed in 2021, with the second wave of the pandemic still claiming lives and old restrictions being renewed in many parts of the world, it does feel like a new year for me. Unsurprisingly, there is so much to say about the past year, and I may share some of the major lessons I learned in 2020 in another post. But this post is about the new year.
As I crossed over into the new year, one question that didn’t leave my mind was this: What will be the future of this blog in 2021? In 2020 I was largely inconsistent. I wrote more in the first half of the year and almost disappeared in the other half.
As far as excuses go, I had a lot going on in my life in the latter half of 2020. I was able to confirm a call to the ministry that I had been struggling with for a long time. After taking time to pray and seek godly counsel, I came out of that season with certainty in my heart that this is what the Lord would have me do.
I have begun a year-long pastoral internship program in my local church. I will be trained under the watchful eyes of my pastor for the first half of the year, with the second part of the internship to be completed at our sending church, Kabwata Baptist Church, in Zambia. Barring any changes, that is how my life should go in 2021.
If there is anything I have learnt in the past 2 or 3 years, it’s that plans (especially mine) seldom ever work out as I expect them to. I currently live in a city that I always didn’t want to live in. And I am pursuing a call that was never part of the plan for my life. But I recognize the hand of Providence every step of the way, and that fills my heart with joy as I begin my journey through 2021.
At various points I wondered if I should close this blog. Maybe my second attempt at blogging was never meant to be. But this blog, with the few articles that I have written on it, has proved to be immensely beneficial to me and to the few readers who have stopped by in the past. And, because of this, I will attempt to make this second attempt work.
I expect a good year in 2021. As was the case in 2020, I expect the good and the bad. I expect to laugh and to cry. I expect seasons of mountainous spiritual experiences and those of relative dryness. And I expect that all these would make 2021 a good year, because they will come from the hand of God. And He does all things well.