WAIT FOR GOD
This year I’ve chosen the word wait as my #oneword365. I wasn’t particularly looking for a word for 2017, but this one found me. At first I wasn’t sure whether or not to settle on that word, but it popped up unexpectedly in almost everything I read. My mind would reflect on others, but this one just would not leave me alone. I am learning to wait for God in my life.
Waiting is often a hard thing for me to do. It’s easy to get impatient when I have to stand in line, be put on hold or get stuck in traffic. My time is important and all this waiting seems like a waste. I have also pleaded with God in prayer for people and things close to my heart. For many of them I still wait for an answer.
Maybe God wants me to learn to be more patient.
Recently, I was reading a post by my friend Karrilee Aggett, who gave a recap of her word for 2016. She then shared what she chose for 2017 and wrote about how she prayed for a verse to go along with it. I already had a scripture in mind for mine but could not remember the reference. Imagine my surprise when I got near the end of her post and there was the verse I needed!
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
Often, I will rush ahead in my own strength to solve a problem. God instructs me to wait for Him. There are so many things I don’t know, but our God sees the future and knows what is best. Instead of worrying and trying to take things into my own hands, maybe I need to pray first.
After spending some quiet time in prayer, I have a sense of peace and calmness. It enables me to think more clearly and make better decisions. I cannot fix everything and was not meant to solve every problem. Rather than let so much tension settle in my neck and shoulders, I need to give all those burdens to Jesus. That doesn’t take away any of my responsibilities, but it does remind me that He goes with me. He gives the strength, grace and wisdom I need to know when to wait and when to move forward.
It also helps to be in community with other people. Often another set of eyes or hands can be beneficial. Maybe I need to talk more with others to get their perspective and/or a helping hand. When we wait on the Lord and listen to each other, we can accomplish much, especially when all is done with love.
What do you think? Do you have a word for this new year? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!