One of my most memorable New Year’s Eve celebrations occurred in 1992. In the middle of a mild Winter, temperatures in Delaware soared above 70 by midday. Instead of your typical indoor festivities, I spent most of the day and evening outside. Spending my last New Year’s in Newark before moving to the mid-west with friends from Chrysalis and college, I had ample time to say goodbye. After watching the ball drop, commencing 1993, a half dozen people or so took a midnight stroll.
The temperature was 62 degrees at 12:15 am, perfect to walk, star gaze and reminisce about the special times I encountered while growing up in Delaware. I don’t recall how many miles this stroll involved, but nearly 3 hours later the temperature dropped to 26 degrees as an arctic cold front blew through, causing the pace to pick up during the last mile just to stay warm. This was one of those nights where time seemed to stand still allowing me to soak in the memories. Despite the sadness, I knew God was leading me to a better place, preparing me through a trade school in Minnesota to become a polished leader.
Looking back, its hard to believe 21 years have passed. Now as a parent, strolls become like wind sprints, stopping and starting, trying to keep up with busy schedules of 3 children. Midnight strolls would be nice if I didn’t go to sleep shortly after eating dinner on some work days. Thus, I do my best to be balanced, while trying to survive the difficulties of life. On this special night, may God help you to slow down enough to practice Psalm 46:10. The more you practice this biblical principle, the Holy Spirit can provide joy and peace for you in 2014. Have a memorable, but safe New Year’s Eve!
by Jay Mankus