Each year I have a “Word of the Year” that I try live up to and learn from for that year. I have been doing this for the last couple of years, and then this year… nothing.
And then I got tired. And I realised that I was so eager to bestow upon you all the wisdom I am garnering from life and the Bible, but not really taking the time to sit down and learn to live what I am saying; actually day-by-day, step-by-step living it out. There is, to me, nothing worse than a Christian shouting forth “how to’s” and “should’ve, would’ve’s, etc”, but quietly – or loudly – living a very opposite life. I have often told my husband that more Christian’s need to keep quiet and start living what they believe.
And so I have taken a hiatus to keep quiet and make sure that all this wisdom and all these things I am learning are things that I can actually live out in my own life.
And so I waited… and I waited for my word for this year from the Lord… and I waited to learn and to grow and to actually implement in my own life all that I am reading – from the Bible, from Joyce Meyer, from Gary Thomas, from Sheila Wray Gregoire… And that is when it hit me, in about June of this year, my word for this year is wait.
Wait for what?
To be honest, I don’t know. To wait for God, to taste and see that He is good. To wait for His guidance and His instruction. To wait for His love to manifest itself in my life… to wait and see!
Here are some verses I have been meditating on over and over this year – without even realising what my word for the year is:
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27 v 14
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. Psalm 33 v 20
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him… Psalm 37 v 7
Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God. Psalm 38 v 15
And so, I am now in a period of waiting – waiting for God and waiting on Him.
I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27 v 14
However, and I may not blog for a while, but a deep sadness hit me last night. We had to go to my daughter’s school for a function, and while we were there, we bumped into an old friend of ours. Divorced. And he told us about some other people in the same circle of friends. Divorced. And the one mom who sat at our table. Divorced. And some other friends of ours – divorced.
Marriages are under attack. It seemed for such a long time, things generally in marriages were okay – now all of a sudden there are so many divorces. Perhaps its all due to mid-life crises, or giving up too quickly, or I don’t know – but I do know that there are way too many divorces, and too many angry and hurting people walking around. I prayed the whole of last night and this morning for God to heal and restore marriages, to give married people hope and perseverance, to restore to them their first loves, so that our societies and children can grow up in whole, healthy and good communities where people feel safe, loved and protected.
We have to stop the scourge of divorce – especially in Christian communities where we need to be showing the world a different way.
We need to stand up and fight for our marriages, for our loves, for our lives and for our communities.
And that is why I am waiting – waiting on God for and for Him; waiting to see what He will do, waiting even though I didn’t even realise that would be my word of the year – wait.