There is this practice of choosing one word for the year to be a theme or point of focus and encouragement – and for a follower of Jesus, the idea is that you spend some time in the Bible, praying and asking God to give you that particular word. I’m such a chatty gal that I am not sure one word would suffice! But it’s interesting, nonetheless.
I actually did this as part of a team-building retreat at work a few years ago. It was in the middle of a very busy, stretching season (really, when am I not in a season like that?!) with two kids at home aged three and one. I was exhausted! And struggling to find the little joys in the day. The word I settled on happened to be DELIGHT. I think it was prompted by a verse I had memorized long ago – “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (NIV84)
I put the word up on the wall so I could see it every single day, and it reminded me over and over where my heart should be finding its encouragement and joy! The amazing thing is, over the course of the year a shift was happening inside of me. Soon I was seeing more and more moments of pure delight right in the middle of our ordinary but crazy life!
I’m not choosing one word this year – but I think I’ve stumbled upon a phrase instead. Each month I put a new verse on our chalkboard by the door so we can see it as soon as we walk in. On New Year’s Day I was thinking of what I should write for this month, when the words of Psalm 46 drifted quietly through my mind:
…Be still and know that I am God… – Psalm 46:10a (NIV84)
I struggle with constantly being ten steps ahead, trying to figure out the outcomes of every situation and control where the journey is going.
This year, before anxiety reaches fever pitch – I will BE STILL.
When I start to feel overwhelmed and alone – I will BE STILL.
When the kids are crazy and the demands of our life scream for my attention – I will BE STILL.
When the temptation rises to control and control and control some more – I will BE STILL.
And know that He is God.
Thank you Jesus for this beautiful, soul-healing word of life!