A couple of weeks ago I began thinking about what my One Word would be for 2020. Some years, the word comes along and smacks me in the face. Other years, it shows up like a “winter snow…quiet and soft and slow” (to steal lyrics from Audrey Assad’s song). This year, it arrived more like the former. In fact, it showed up just two days after I began asking…”What’s my word this year, Lord.”
My father-in-law passed away at the end of August…he was the last of the parental units still living. What an adjustment that reality has been; I could write an entirely different post about that. It’s a strange season of life to be in.
Anyway, when Pop passed away, many folks came to his funeral and also sent flowers and plants. A few of those plants ended up coming home with us. The arrangements were so big that the only place I could put them was on our screened in back porch. So, for the next few months, that’s where they lived. Unfortunately, I don’t have much of a green thumb and, after a couple of weeks, I forgot they were out there and neglected to water them. As the season changed and the weather grew colder, I went out to the patio less and less frequently. You can probably imagine what those plants ended up looking like. Not pretty.
Now back to my One Word. A couple of days after I began asking, Lord, what’s my word this year?, I finally remembered that I needed to discard the pass the point of repair plants on my back porch. As I picked up one of the plants and began to dump the contents out of the planter and into the trash…there it was on the side of the planter…
My heart has been sitting on this word for the last couple of weeks now. Because, honestly, who wants this word?!? It’s like 2013 when my word was “Inconvenience”…what a wild year that was.
After giving the Lord a few weeks to maybe, possibly change His mind and give me an easier one, it’s become apparent to my heart, that this is indeed my One Word for 2020.
I’ll close with words I read from my Advent devotional this morning:
“It’s important to note that the Word talks about Jesus’ growth taking place as He and his family honored God. Certainly, there are steps we can take in our own strength to grow, but no amount of self-help could have prepared Jesus for the calling on His life. And no amount of self-help will take the place of God’s grace in our lives either. …
During this Christmas season, focus on what’s possible when you draw near to Jesus. You don’t have to struggle to measure up to some unattainable worldly standard. Rest in knowing that true wisdom and strength will come from your proximity to Him. When you pursue Him daily, you’re guaranteed to grow and be equipped for your purpose.
Prayer: Father, thank You for being my source of wisdom and strength. Your grace gives me hope for my future. I know You are so much greater than I could ever be and I’m so grateful for Your willingness to share Your strength with me. When I struggle, help me lean on You rather than myself.”
“He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” -Mark 4:26-29