Souvenirs of 2020

A few weeks ago, my mind seemed to randomly wander to the word “Souvenir”. Maybe it was because I hadn’t been on a vacation in a while, but I did have some vacation plans already made. But still, it seemed like an odd word to cross my mind at the exact time that it did. So, as I allowed my mind to finish the bunny trail it seemed to be wandering, the fuller thought came to me of “Souvenirs of 2020”. Now this aimless wandering was getting a little interesting, so with a little chuckle I fully engaged in the thought process.

What is a “Souvenir”? It is something you take ownership of to remind you of something like a place you went or an event that occurred.

I placed that definition into my complete thought and began to wonder what would be my souvenirs of the year 2020. A remarkable year, to say the least. This is the year that the entire world got grounded. Yes, it was just like when you were a child and your parents told you that you could only come out of your room for meal times and occasional recreation. There was a curfew, and there was even some strife among siblings possibly due to the restlessness as a result of the uncertainty of all the events. Then the strife went overboard and caused more disproportional hurt and the grounding was extended even longer. All this because some people were playing and one coughed on the other then got on an airplane and carried his forbidden stowaways to his neighbors. This is just a paraphrase, but that’s pretty much how the story went.

But do you remember when?, just a few short, ten, months ago when there was an excitement for the year 2020. Who would have thought that there would be joking gestures to eliminate the final calendar days of 2020 as early as the start of the final quarter of the year. It seemed that it would be a pivotal year just because of its title, The Year 2020. And of course, don’t forget that the numerical significance of it resembles the prognosis from the Optometrist that everyone desires, 20/20 vision. So, in essence, this year of 2020 was (as of December 2019) supposed to be a year of new and exciting ventures, adventures, and viewpoints.

But was it?

I think it is a matter off perspective.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

James 1:2-5

As we are now a third of the way through the final quarter of 2020, let us reflect on, not the difficult times we endured, but the times that we remained steadfast and are now where we are today because of our patient endurance. No doubt, none of us are where we anticipated we would be when we dreamt about it a year ago, but please consider whether or not that is a bad thing. Personally, I never phathomed the events of 2020 but, as they encroached, I found myself building a fortress in the unfailing arms of my saviour, like never before. A new peace was birthed in me as I learned that His love for me was even stronger than I could ever imagine, and beyond any words that I could use to describe it here. It was unfortunate that the plans I wrote out to accomplish for myself did not get completed, but what He completed in me was priceless. He completed, or should I say, He ended the cycle of rejection that had plagued my life for 46 years. He loosed my tongue to not only praise Him in song but also in the preached prophetic word. He released my emotions from a ball of ‘Yuck!’ to a ribbon of compassion. It is all a work in progress, but had this year proceeded according to the plans I had made, I would not have the souvenir I can now claim.

My souvenir is the depths of the most valuable relationship of all. And for me, that is true 20/20 vision.

What about you? What is your perspective? Do you have disappointment because this year did not go as you had planned? Let me encourage you to reflect on the out-of-the-ordinary ventures, adventures, and viewpoints you came up close and personal with this year. Wasn’t there something that caused personal and spititual growth? It is oftentimes the unexpected events that allow us the most valuable tools of growth.

So, with just over 60 days left in this remarkable year, check your perspective and find your “Souvenirs of 2020”.

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