Out of My Mind

Barbara Heckman on January 1, 2021

I’ve read that in the collection of the New York Public Library there is a copper globe dating from 1510 called “The Hunt - Lenox Globe.” On the globe is etched the outlines of the continents and countries as they were known at that time. Off the coast of Asia appear these words in the Latin language, “HC SVNT DRACONES" which means "here are dragons." They reflected the map maker’s fear of the dangers that might lie ahead in unexplored and unknown regions.
The story is told that when one explorer saw the globe for the first time, he put his finger on those words and said “Whether or not there are dragons here I do not know, but I do know this, God is here.” Whether the story is accurate or not, it expresses a truth that we need to remember as we enter a new year. 
Some people will be tempted to respond to "the unknown" that 2021 represents like that ancient map maker and see only dangers and difficulties ahead. They will look at all the changes and challenges facing us and be tempted to see only fearful dragons lying in wait. But God's people shouldn’t respond to the unknown with fear but rather with faith. We should take comfort and courage in knowing that no matter what unknown waters we may journey through this coming year, the promise we celebrated so joyfully at Christmas is still true. God is still Emmanuel, the God who is with us.
Nothing is going to happen in 2021 that will surprise God. Nothing will occur that he can’t handle. No challenge will arise that God cannot meet, and no obstacle will be encountered that he cannot overcome. As we journey together through this New  Year let us rely on the advice found in Proverbs: “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 Message)
May God find us as individuals, and as his church, responding to those dragon-like challenges and changes 2021 sends our way, with faith and not with fear. Happy New Year!
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