Wednesday, 2 September 2020

2020, The Novel.


2020 The Novel

The plot gets more and more intriguing. If it’s a good book you are desperate to find out what happens – but at the same time you don’t want the book to finish.

You flip the page to start a new chapter. A sudden turn catches you unaware. You are shocked! The good guys start to play nasty and you wonder - maybe the good guys will end up being the baddies? What was hidden is starting to be revealed – just a corner lifted so you can get a glimpse and it sickens you. You slam the book shut and find something else to do while composing a long negative review in your mind. How dare the author turn the narrative on its head?

But soon you sneak back and pick up the book because you must know what happens.

You turn the pages at speed, caught in the unexpected dreadful revelations only to reach the end of the book with the story still up in the air. ‘To be continued,’ it states.

Welcome to 2020 ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

The year began with such promise. The year of 2020 vision. ‘The old has gone. The new has come,’ as the prophet Isaiah stated. Both of those promises have proven to be true. But we don’t like what we are seeing and the new isn’t what we were expecting. Instead of reading the book, we find ourselves caught in a narrative which is rushing onward at speed, but we can’t see the end. And like the Israelites we long to go back to where we were at the beginning of the year, to do a rewrite. 

Yet I think we are starting to understand that life as we knew it will not return. The new thing is being birthed.

There are two plans for the world’s future. Those opposing sides are caught in a dreadful war in the heavenlies as well as on earth. Like any war, people are puppets and dispensable in the eyes of evil men and women.


But maybe this is a write-your-own ending story?

Do we have a choice? Yes, absolutely Yes!

We can bow to fear or we can trust in the Lord. We can curl up into a ball or we can rise up and pray. We can feel sorry for ourselves, or we can look for someone to assist and pour out the love of God on them. We can acquiesce, saying 'Who am I'? Or we can decree and declare the truth of scripture and oppose the enemy’s plan.

It is time to read Psalm 2. Here is a couple of selected verses.

Why do the nations conspire
and the people plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together.....
The One enthroned in heaven laughs:
the Lord scoffs at them.
He rebukes them in His anger
And terrifies them in His wrath.

 In the book of 2020, the Lord God Almighty is still in control. He does have a plan and it is for our good. As we wait for next chapters of the book to be revealed, can I encourage you to keep your eyes fixed on ‘the Author and Finisher of our Faith’?

Jo Wanmer wrote this from her sunny office in the north of Brisbane, God's own country! She trusts her thoughts encourage you and bless you. Together may we rise up as an army of God in prayer and watch as He resolves the issues.


  1. "... can I encourage you to keep your eyes fixed on ‘the Author and Finisher of our Faith’?" You can, and you have. Thanks Jo. One thing's for sure, this is not a dull story! And I can, and have been able, to see God's hand at work.

    1. Thanks Mazzy. It sure is a time to encourage each other.

  2. Hear hear! That's what we all need, Jo. And especially at this stage of 2020. The person in charge of history is still on his throne, and we are taking our turns among mortals living in bewildering times.

  3. Hey Paula. Blessing to you in the deep south. Thanks for dropping by.

  4. The plot thickens. Thank the Lord he has a plan and purpose. Well said, keep our eyes fixed firmly on Him.

  5. Love your creativity, Jo. The plot is thickening and I think we're all extras in the movie adaptation. But it's great to know that God is still in control and that we have a choice. Can't wait to see how it ends!