When you have finished one year and begin a new one, what can you do for good luck in the year to come? Our society has a variety of good luck rituals. These are the things we do to bring ourselves good luck. The gambler thinks blowing on the dice will bring him luck. Someone else wants to rub the hand of a “lucky” person to get some of their lucked rubbed onto themselves. There are others who wear rabbit’s feet on key chains for good luck. Some even wear dimes around their ankles.
Looking for luck is universal. On New Year’s Day it is said that a helping of black eyed peas on the plate guarantees good luck. Many people laugh at the custom, but serve the peas anyway, just in case there’s some truth in the old saying.
Depending on cultural backgrounds, different foods come with a new year: cabbage, herring, honey, sardines, and salt are seen as good luck signs in some areas of the country. The Japanese eat long noodles. The Greeks bake special bread. In Spain, the custom is to eat 12 individual grapes in the 12 seconds leading up to the New Year. Anthropologists say that eating certain foods to change one’s fortune dates back to ancient Babylonia.
Looking for luck, even those who claim not to believe, say “pass the peas!”
While some spend their time looking for luck by eating peas, dashing salt and killing hogs, there are others who don’t count on luck, they look to God for their blessings. He was the source of the blessings in years past and will be the source of blessings in the years to come.
Peas or no peas, God can bless those who love Him!
Peas or no peas, God delivers for the faithful who call on Him!
Peas or no peas, God continues to open doors for those who trust Him!
As Christians we are overjoyed as we face the new year. We enter it with optimism because the God we serve is all-powerful. He blessed us immensely last year, and he can do the same in the year to come. The good thing about our God is He doesn’t decide whether to bless us depending on whether or not we ate black eyed peas!
In the Bonds of Calvary,