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Will Your Anchor Hold in 2021?

Updated: Jan 8



I knew that I had been feeling a little out of sorts in the last few weeks but I didn’t understand why. By the time I was coming to the end of 2019 I had a clear idea of what I believed God was saying concerning my 2020 and what my own heart’s desires for the year were. Also, by this time last year I had set my goals for the coming twelve months.


For some reason however, this year I am way behind. I know it’s not just because I am going through the process of transcribing and processing my prophetic words (see https://www.justasiam.ng/post/taking-hold-of-2021). The truth is that I was meant to have done that exercise ages ago. That wasn’t it... I have just been feeling somehow.


Thankfully I have finally put my finger on the issue. You see, every year in the last fifteen years there has been one constant desire on my list for the coming year - a summer holiday abroad. That was the one thing on my list I would remember to harass God about right up to boarding that plane. 😀 Between you and I, summer holidays had become an idol in the Okoli family. So much so the Lord saw a need to dash it to the ground in 2018 - despite our individual and collective fasting and praying to go away on holiday that year, it didn’t happen. Haaaa.... it was painful sha, but it was necessary. 😊


So here we are at the start of 2021 with so much uncertainty concerning the year that I cannot, with any confidence, write down my recurring prayer point. I think that’s what has left me feeling out of sorts. It’s almost as if because I can’t start the year hoping and dreaming about a summer holiday I am struggling to hope and dream about much else for the year. Hmmm.... Does this mean that summer holidays still remain an idol, albeit a smaller one, in my heart? Food for thought….


I think what is even more pertinent however is the difficulty we have in making plans for the year in the midst of such heavy uncertainty. There’s that feeling of insecurity; of simply not knowing what other unlikely event will happen next. Look at what happened at Capitol Hill the other day! Who would have thunk it?! Really?!?! All that happening in the great US of A?! They too are now getting into some of the antics that we thought were the exclusive preserve of us Africans?! Funny but not, if you know what I mean. It leaves you feeling... aaaahhh.... dis world don finish!


But here’s the thing though, this just tells me that I have been building my plans on factors that are subject to change - the economy, global and local political stability, my desires, my health, my job, etc. We don’t like to think about it but each one of these things can change in the twinkling of an eye. How sobering!


The only thing that is certain is God!

The only thing that is certain is God - His sovereignty, His love, His goodness, His faithfulness - the I Am That I Am that is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is the only anchor that can hold us as all else around us shakes.


So this is the year where seeking God’s face concerning His plans for me will have to take complete precedence over my heart’s desires. It’s not that God doesn’t want me to hope and dream; far from it! It’s just that now more than ever before, my hopes and dreams have to be Spirit-led instead of coming from my soul - my intellect and my emotions.


I want to encourage you too to go before God and lay down every fear and worry and pick up His truth on the situations. Also, take all your hopes and dreams to Him and allow Him to refine them according to His plans and purposes. Arm yourself with the treasures gleaned from doing this at the start of year so that when things may appear to be going out of kilter days, weeks or months from now, you have the anchor of God’s truths and promises to you.


Don’t wait! Do it! As we can see, 2021 is already showing us that we are all going to need to be rooted and grounded in the word and love of God this year.


Reflections

  • What things have you had as staples on your “list for the year” that you can no longer be certain of?

  • What are your fears and worries for 2021?

  • Hand all these things to the Lord.

  • Ask the Lord for His truth concerning those situations.

  • Ask the Lord what His thoughts for you in 2021 are.

  • Take your hopes and dreams for 2021 to God and ask Him to shape them according to His plans and purposes.

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