My husband flipped over the month on the calendar this morning and I gaped in shock at how much time had passed since the beginning of the year. The beginning–the time you assess last year’s progress toward your goals, set new goals or measurements for the next 12 months~ and most importantly seek the Lord for that “Word” that speaks to His upcoming work in your life this year.
In late December, as our family crossed the Colorado River on our return trip from celebrating Christmas with our cousins, I was struck with a realization. The end of the year did not necessarily mean God’s work in a particular area of my life was complete but still in process. That thought tumbled into the next one which clued me into the reality that each year’s new “Word” was just the beginning of an ongoing work God is doing in my life. If I arrived at the end of the year and that work had not been accomplished in my life, I was not to worry. The Lord is still working in many creative ways to continue and complete His work for a long time to come.
In the past few years, the Lord has whispered words to me such as “Judgment,” “Love,” and “All.” But this year, my heart did not seem in tune with His voice. Where was He taking me on this year’s journey with Him? The word came slowly. Almost fuzzy as if I was imagining it. Soon it became a reality as the moments of this year began to unfurl. There in the midst of my experiences and prayers, the word floated through the mist to me.
“Peace.” How did “peace” follow “Love” and “All” I questioned. “Obedience” seemed more appropriate or perhaps disciplinary. If “All” wasn’t accomplished last year, then I’d better get stricter this year and focus on “obedience.” However, the Lord’s voice was gentle, not harsh as mine or my thoughts. He knew what I would need as this year rolled out.
“Peace.” I would need His peace more than anything else this year. It was a little ominous. My fretful nature was already conjuring up incidents that would require His peace to carry me through. Already I was focusing on the wrong thing. I was recalling the illness I had last fall and other issues that were troubling me.
Could that be the reason he wanted me to embrace His peace above everything this year?
Not even two months into the new year, we had to face a difficult decision that affected our entire family. The sweet, lovable dog that had become a member of our family had been suffering with weak hind legs for several months. Hubby and I had decided that when Chip couldn’t maneuver the stairs up to our bedroom, we would make that inevitable decision.
On February 10, we said “Good-bye” to our wonder dog, Chip, as Hubby called him. And promptly on February 23 I came down with another illness. Through the turmoil of life’s circumstances, God laid His hand upon me and whispered, “Peace. Rest in My Peace.”
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV
At the end of this month, Hubby will have hip replacement surgery, and I will need to rest in His peace again.
“I don’t know what the future may hold, but I know who holds the future,” is so often quoted (Ralph Abernathy). And I will learn this year to trust Him and rest in His peace.
Today’s Bible Verse on Bible Gateway seemed significant for my One Word this year:
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:25-26 NIV
Trusting you will find His Peace this year as well~
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