I love hearing songs on the radio that remind me of my word for the year. Back in January, I picked the word yours, or maybe it picked me, for my word for 2017. I knew that I needed to remind myself daily that I belong to God. I am Yours, Lord. I recognize that I need to stop gripping so tightly all the things that I want to control, and trust God with my life, my family, my circumstances. I want to remember that God is good all the time, even when life’s circumstances seem hard or scary. I don’t have to be afraid of my brokenness or pretend that I am something that I am not. I can trust in the truth of 2 Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
I have been reading Ann Voskamp’s book The Broken Way. For many years, I believed that following after Christ meant striving to be perfect. I am beginning to realize that God does not want me to be perfect. He wants me to be His. He wants me to be teachable, and humble, and looking to Him for guidance, wisdom, comfort, and peace. I need to recognize my great need for God, and seek Him first. For far too long, I have sought after comfort, peace, pleasure from other trivial things. I want to fix my eyes on Jesus. “On Christ the solid Rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand.”
So, did you pick a word for 2017? What has God been teaching you on the journey this week?