Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wait For It...

This word of the year is getting to be trendy now.  But I'm still picking one. Actually, this will be the third year that I have picked a word to represent my upcoming year.   

Last year was Surrender and, boy howdy, was it a year of surrendering - absolutely positively a year of turning my life over to God and just accepting MUCH change.

Since I cannot do my life without Jesus and the last year solidified that, I thought this year that I would see what God has to say about my word of the year.  Novel idea, huh?

So, this year's word has a verse attached.    A word backed up with a verse for the year -  I'm changing the trend.  :)

I felt a strong pull to the word WAIT this year.  I can tell you that on the heels of SURRENDER, I was not thrilled.    I like DO, GO, CONTROL.  Surrendering and waiting seem kinda passive when you first think about them.

But they really aren't passive at all.   Surrendering your own plan and yielding to God's does not come without difficulty.  It's not easy to let go.  It takes great strength to surrender and wait.    And I'm pretty sure you gotta learn to surrender control over your life to wait and see what God has planned for it.  So, it's perfect timing that I would learn about surrendering so I could learn about waiting.   Don't you just love our God!?!?

This year our family has some big stuff coming up.  Some of it is not so pleasant and much of it requiring ultimate change in our life.   In thinking through our upcoming year, I jokingly thought about my word being RUN or HIDE.  :)   Really though,  it's difficult to look at these upcoming events all at once and not want to just take control right now.   And while I want to do that, God has clearly instructed me not to.   He is working in our life and I just need to be patient.  

As I thought over my word the first couple days of 2011,  this scripture came up in one of my morning devotions.   January 2 to be exact. 

In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you.  Psalm 5:3

What the heck does that have to do with waiting, Janel?

A lot actually.
It's about me praying instead of acting.    WAITING to see God's hand in our life.  WAITING in faith until the answer to my prayers come...or doesn't come. 

And maybe in waiting on God's answer, he will tell me to MOVE or GO.   Like the picture above of my son waiting for the wave so he can jump on it and ride it out.  But until then...

...I WAIT.

So that's it!  I'd love to hear yours. 
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Kim said...

"Wait" is a good word. I've been praying for a word for this year, honestly how do you pick? The only ones that come to mind aren't necessarily positive ones. But they keep coming up when praying.

Wait...I'll just keep waiting.

Janel@Dandelion Dayz said...

Well, I start thinking and praying about it in December as my year ends. At some point, it becomes pretty clear.

I do think that I enjoy "words" so that picking a word is fun for me. I also like the open-ness of a word for the year versus specific words.

Wait didn't seem positive at first. But then when I read some scripture surrounding it, it made me feel better about it. :)

Janel@Dandelion Dayz said...

I meant specific goals! I like the open-ness of a word versus a goal!

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

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