I love picking out my word for the year. In reality, I’ve only done it once, but I got pretty excited about that one time back in 2011. My word for that year was COURAGE.
In 2012 (also known as the year of my blogging incompetence), I didn’t choose a word. But as I look back on the year, I would choose UNDERSTANDING. In retrospect, more than learning new things, I actually gained a deeper understanding of things I thought I already knew (I’ll save that post for another time).
Since this morning, I’ve been praying for a word for 2013. Guess what? I don’t have one–at least, not yet. It’s a little frustrating if you ask me.
But then I remember a story in the Bible where King Jehoshaphat is faced with a whole barrage of Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites out to wage war against him. It says in 2 Chronicles 20:3:
“Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord…” (this sounds familiar)
He proclaims a fast for all the people of Judah, and in front of everyone, he prays this prayer where he starts off with remembering who God is–that He is powerful and mighty, and that He hears and saves.
It’s a long prayer which you can read here, but the part I love the most is the end of the prayer where this King–the man who people looked up to when it came to ruling over them and making decisions–addressed God and declared in front of all the people:
“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (2 Chronicles 20:12)
That’s one of my favorite excerpts from the Bible.
There are times when I don’t know what to do, what to think, or even what to pray for, but I take comfort in the fact that not knowing the answers I seek doesn’t have to mean death. Whew!
I think the fact that Jehoshaphat spent some time remembering who God is made a huge difference. Because when you’re caught between a rock and a hard place, it’s tough to fix your eyes on a God you can’t see (or sometimes you can’t even feel). The only thing you can do is to dig through your brain and remember who He is.
Which begs the question…who do you know God to be?
Something to think about as we start 2013! ;-) Happy new year, friends!