At this time of year I always find it easy to be waylaid by my old diaries. I have sporadically kept personal journals for over 30 years and they offer a fascinating insight into me as I used to be. One thing that surfaced in my resolutions year after year was "painting the front fence." The problem was that I was not prepared to begin until I knew there would be time to do the full 80 metres of it -- a half painted fence being worse than an unpainted one.
Then sometime last year I decided I liked it the way it was ... a nice weathered brown ... what a relief, I could tick that off the list. And now in one corner I notice that nature is managing the problem anyway.
"The Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee or forsake thee." Deut 31:6
By every promise Thou has made
And by the price Thy love has paid
For my release
And keep through every hour my soul
In perfect peace.