Such a calming word.
I loved this word from the moment it drifted softly into my mind last October. Tucking it away in the file of possible choices for my One-Word of 2013, abide was always my front runner.
Every time I thought of the word, I felt a bit of relief. From a spiritual perspective, if my job is to abide, can’t I stop all the struggling? Can’t I focus on doing what I know to do, like reading my Bible and keeping communication open with God and He’ll take care of the rest?
Yes yes yes…I adore that word.
But this isn’t my first rodeo, to quote Dr. Phil. (sorry)
Every single One-Word I’ve chosen, always ends up with some major surprises unfolding at some point. And abide is no different.
What I’m finding out in the early days of 2013, is that to abide you sometimes (maybe most of the time) have to wait. I’m going to tell you the truth, if the word wait had drifted into my mind in October, I would have swept it out with the trash. Waiting is hard and feels lazy. Sometimes it even feels a little like torture.
I. Do. Not. Like. To. Wait.
Not in lines at restaurants, not for an hour at the doctor’s office and I can’t stand waiting for my holiday weight gain to disappear.
But worst of all…I don’t like to wait on a relationship to heal.
Last week while I was praying about what else I could do to repair a broken relationship, my one-word slipped in before I could stop it.
That’s a fancy word for wait I told God begrudgingly. You know how I hate waiting…
Wait for grace-
The thought, which I think was from God, gave me such peace. Somehow waiting for grace doesn’t feel lazy or like torture. It feels a little like trust.
Only three weeks into the new year and God is already using my one-word to teach me. How about you? If you chose a word for the year, have you learned anything new and amazing about that word?