My Word For The Year
For many years I have asked the Lord for a word for the new year. Last year it was YES! and the year before it was Wonder. One year it was the last verse of 1 Corinthians 13.
For me, this word acts like an anchor for my heart and soul. Rescuing. Saving. Like a plumb line I can keep returning to when I come off the rails in fear, despair, heartache. It’s something so real that it actually feels like the hand of God guiding me back to Him and His protection and provision.
“Come on sweet girl. Let’s go home.”
However, late into December, I still hadn’t had a definite confirmation from the Lord about what my 2017 word would be.
Hmmm . . .
One of the best books I read in 2016 was Tattoos on the Heart, by Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest. I was toward the end (and oh so sad I was toward the end because it was OH SO GOOD!), and then on page 162, “As we bask in God’s attention, our eyes adjust to the light, and we begin to see as God does.”
“As we bask in God’s attention, our eyes adjust to the light, and we begin to see as God does.”
That was it! My word for 2017 . . .
Unmistakable, undeniable. This was God’s word for me.
Immediately, I looked it up.
Bask is a verb which means to lie in sunlight; lie in glory. (No kidding) Other synonyms are: delight in, derive pleasure, enjoy, luxuriate, relish, revel, savor, take pleasure. And antonyms? cover, hide.
I wrote all that on a Post it note and put it in my journal.
I will bask in God’s wonder this year, His Yes!, His attention, His love, His grace. His boundless compassion. Hallelujah!
And just around the corner, that small anchor, that four letter plumb line was going to be needed in ways I never imagined. God is so good. He knows just what we need, and exactly when we need it.
So, as we come to the end of month #1 of our new year, here are some wise words I have been basking in as well as some photos I’ve taken that have drawn me deep into God’s beauty and the treasure of His earth.
“Behold the One beholding you, and smiling. (Anthony De Mello)
Our task is to marinate in the “God who is always greater . . . Who loves without measure and without regret.” (Ignatius of Loyola)
“Long lay the world in sin and error pining — ’til He appeared and the soul felt its worth.”
(O Holy Night, Adolphe Adam)
“What do we have to fear after all? To be thrown into the tenderness of God?”
(An Algerian monk, threatened with death)
“Let unconquerable gladness dwell.” (A sign on FDR’s desk)
“God isn’t going to like me more if I fake it.” (Bob Goff)
“Just assume the answer to every question is compassion.”
Why do we pray? We pray because “we are acknowledging provision beyond ourselves.”
“There’s a crack in everything — that’s how the light gets in.” (Leonard Cohen)
“God uses uncertainty in our lives to remodel our hearts.” (Bob Goff)
“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
“The task of every generation is to discover in which direction the Sovereign Redeemer is moving, then move in that direction.”
(Jonathan Edwards, American preacher and theologian)