We are currently in eagle hatching watch. The live feed of the eagle nest in Florida has been circulating news feeds as the time for the eggs to hatch draws closer and closer. Currently, over 20,000 people are watching this nest in breathless anticipation. I’ve spent my fair share watching the feed as well, hoping to glimpse the first tiny cracks in the shell.

There’s something addicting and inspiring as you watch these two majestic birds caring for the nest. It shouldn’t be appealing but for some reason I have trouble looking away. As the hours grow, people argue back and forth about the eggs being viable and wondering if they’ll hatch at all. Others are simply excited to see the eagles so close, an encounter very few are able to witness in real life.

It reminds me of Isaiah 40:30-31: “Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

In a similar fashion, the countdown to a new year is also being watched with anticipation and perhaps some apprehension. The new year brings about new goals and lists and plans and hope. Hope for change. Hope for renewal. Hope for something different.

As followers of Christ, how do we look at the new year ahead? How do we make goals and plans for the new year while still remembering that above all, God is in control? How do we show the world around us to “wait for the LORD”? How do we factor in the call of our Lord in Matthew 28 with our new year resolutions?

Years ago, my dad told me that instead of making plans for the new year, he asks God for a memory verse. A verse that will carry him through the year, something that God knows he will need in the next 365 days around the sun. This tradition, unlike many others I have tried, has never failed to disappoint. And on top of gaining a new memory verse or passage, it reminds me continually that God is faithful and that He provides.

So what will your 2017 verse(s) be?