Compassion sent a challenge out to their bloggers to seek the Lord for a word for 2014 instead of making a New Years Resolution.
Literally, ONE word.
If the Lord was to give us one word for 2014 what would it be?
I did this a couple years ago and the word then was prayer.
Like before, I
knew my word before I was even sent the email from Compassion. The Lord
gave me that word a few weeks ago...and it began with a conversation with my Area Commander's wife!
I am not one who "rests" well. I am more the restless type. I do relax by reading, writing, etc but it seems I have a built in spring, always bouncing up to see what else I can get into. We've been in the midst of the "busy season" at work this month. Christmas kettles, budgets, food drives, etc. keep one hopping. Days off seemed like a luxury.
I mentioned that I was looking forward to resting over the holidays...while leaving the cell phone on in case of emergency.
I was challenged by the word given to me by my AC's wife. That word was TRUST. In a nutshell she defined rest as trust. Can I relax, turn off my cell and trust God will look after my unit without me for a few days.
I had to chew on that one. I still am. She was not the first one to ask me that question in the last 2 months. I think God is trying to tell me something. TRUST.
I was reflecting on this word when I was reminded of Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own
understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your
paths straight." Sadly, I am not always trusting in the Lord when life get's busy. I feel like I have to keep going like the energizer bunny. I know I need to stop, rest and trust.
I want to be like the psalmist who says, "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Psalm 20:7)
I am taking the word to heart. Over the last few days I have left my cell phone alone and it has been way more relaxing. I went a step further and stayed offline for a couple days as well. It felt like I was in a detox! I was able to play more with my family and focus more on other things.
I could get used to this trust thing!
So what is God speaking to you for the New Year?