"But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come."
The word I chose to guide me in the year 2013 was "love." It served me better than well, and opened up new opportunities to realize more fully God's love for me, the love He has for all of us, and to share this love with those I encountered each and every day. I have many treasured memories of lives sincerely touched.
As December approached, and the New Year encroached, I struggled with which word to pin on 2014. What could it possibly be? Love is so powerful, how can any other word match it? Outdo it? Most importantly, how is God speaking to me in this year about to unfold?
How is God calling me to live out my life in the next 365 days?
The word comes to me while my husband, Danny, and I are on vacation in the Nantahala Mountains of North Carolina. God beckons me to the windows of our cabin.
"Watch!" He says, revealing His glory . . .
Though convicted in that moment, I am not absolutely certain that the word "watch" is my "watch word" for the coming year. I question. I pray. I play with other words which, at the time, seem appealing.
Yet, faithfully, relentlessly, and ever gently, God steers me back to the one word He planted firmly in my wavering, wandering mind.
And, so, I shall.
I will watch.
I will stand guard.
I will be open to all that He spreads before me.
I will be ready to receive His gifts, ready to give in turn to others.
Aware. Awake. Alert.
I will watch . . .
Do you choose a special word for your life each New Year? If so, please share in the comment section!
Will you pray with me?
Father, help us all in the New Year to draw closer to You and invite Your Presence into our lives every day. Let us be awake, aware, and alert to Your signs and wonders. Prepare us to receive Your Son anew when He returns in glory to rule the nations. Amen.