The other morning, I was reflecting on my One Word for this year and God’s faithfulness.
Here’s a portion of the blog post I wrote at the beginning of 2017:
My One Word for 2017 kind of took the scenic route to get here this year. 😉 I was reading a devotional earlier this month about Jesus coming to earth to restore all things and the word restore caught my eye. Here are some definitions I pondered as I studied the word again.
bring back (a previous right, practice, custom, or situation); reinstate.
return (someone or something) to a former condition, place, or position.
repair or renovate (a building, work of art, vehicle, etc.) so as to return it to its original condition.
As I thought about this word restore, I realized that “storing” comes before re-storing…if that makes any sense. I then immediately thought of a passage in Luke 2:19
“But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2:19
Do you see that? Mary “stored” all these things. Everything she saw and did and experienced…she held these things close to her…like treasure.
In fact, some translations of this particular verse use the word treasure instead.
“But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them.” Luke 2:19
This year, 2017, is the year to re-store treasure. Like Mary, I want my heart to be a storehouse for this treasure.
“All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him.” Colossians 2:3
As like so many of the One Word journeys I’ve been on, I encountered plenty of lessons and challenges along the way.
Like the reminder at church last February of the true definition of eternal life. “It’s not getting to heaven; it’s knowing Christ. Knowing Christ is the ultimate treasure.” Morsels for the Marathon
The ultimate goal of a storehouse is to eventually distribute the goods that are in the storehouse. It’s a surplus of inventory that is brought out at the appropriate time.
When I think of Mary treasuring these things in her heart, I think of the surplus of love and truth filling up her heart.
Then I had this thought:
We store it to pour it.
We store His love, we store His Word, and we do this for the ultimate purpose of pouring it back out again.
After this time of reflection, I went to work for a scheduled time of prayer and worship with some of my coworkers. The song we sang together reminded me of the thought I’d had earlier that morning. This surplus of stored treasure is meant to be poured out.
We store it to pour it.
“It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise, pour out our praise”
“My lips pour out praise,
for You teach me Your statutes.” Ps 119:171