Rosh Hashanah is a special holiday for me. I didn’t really know what it was until last year. The morning we were set to close on our new home, the Lord and I were having a conversation about everything that had happened and I was telling Him how surreal everything felt and thanking Him for keeping His promises to me.
He reminded me how earlier that year He had begun speaking to me about restoring things that I had lost and He had promised me a home, a place where I would finally be able to rest and heal. This was significant in many ways because I had just finished several years of moving every year to a different place and enduring very difficult illnesses on top of that.
Healing and rest seemed like it would never come, and yet only a couple months after He had promised me a home of my own, I was closing on it and moving in. He shifted seemingly impossible situations upside down for me.
As He reminded me of my new beginnings, He told me it was the first week after Rosh Hashanah, and as I googled that since I wasn’t familiar, I realized the promises of new beginnings were fulfilled during the first week after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.
Fresh starts are significant and Jesus never lets a good symbolic moment go if He can help it.
Tonight as I reflect back on the year that’s finishing and hold hopes for the next year I see that the whole year was marked and underlined by God making and keeping His promises to me.
As I enter a new year I hold in one hand all the promises He’s fulfilled and the faith gained from those experiences and in the other hand I hold new promises as well as old promises still waiting to be fulfilled. And I trust that the God who kept His promises to me this past year is the God who will keep His promises to me this coming year.
He is the same yesterday, today and forever. When He speaks He cannot lie. He is the covenant-keeping God, and He is the One who will carry us everywhere we are called to go this new year and every other.
May your new year, your new starts, your covenant promises, and your faith be blessed as you continue walking with Him.
Shana Tova Umetukah! Happy and Sweet New Year!
By Bri Lassiter
I’m married to my dearest friend of 8 years and mom to an energetic 6-year-old. My greatest joys come from traveling with my little family, cooking for appreciative recipients, learning herbalism and natural medicine, and every experience I get to have in prayer ministry. I’m an avid tea and book lover and can’t get enough of either. I love Jesus and the daily adventure that comes from walking in friendship with him as he arranges and rearranges my story.