I read a story of some men years ago who were on a leaky, old ship in the middle of a rough and stormy sea. They were fearful for their lives. They didn't know if they were going to sink or not. One of them went to see the Captain and inquired as to their safety. The old Captain said, "I'll put it to you this way; the boilers on this ship are very weak and may explode at any moment, the ship is very old and she's taking on water. So, to be honest, we may have an explosion or we may go down, but at any rate, we're going on."
My dear friends that is how we need to face the New Year! Christ may come and we may go up! We may die and go down, then up. But at any rate, we are going on!
The old map makers would draw maps marking as far as they had explored. On the map where they had not been they would write, "Beyond this there be dragons."
They had never seen a dragon and they really didn't know what was there. It frightened them- the unknown, and the unexplored. But beyond what they had seen were the golden beaches, verdant fields, rivers and other things of beauty.
As we enter 2011 it is without any exploration having been done.
No one can tell us what is ahead. No one has been there. However, we are to trust the One who plots the course. God has promised in His Word that no matter what, He will never leave us nor forsake us. The Bible says, "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear what man may do to me."
I pray you will have a blessed New Year! We may go up, we may go down, then up, but until then we are going on!
See you Sunday!