On New Year’s Day, this is the Verse of the Day that popped up on my YouVersion app. I think it may just become my Verse Of the Year.
You see, now that it’s a new year, many people are talking about resolutions. Some are also sharing that they’ve chosen a special word for 2016.
I don’t have a habit of making a resolution (or list of them), as perhaps maybe I should.
I also don’t have the habit of choosing a specific word for my year, although the idea is appealing.
But last year (2015), was an exception.
The year 2014 brought uninvited job changes to my life. After not being re-hired to a position that I had held for ten years, my next job ended just days after the first of January 2015, after only four months; due to some office staff restructuring. It was the start of a transitional time for me; a time where I have often felt lost. as well as emotions of disappointment and confusion.
But at some point, either at the end of 2014 or early in the 2015, I specifically felt God gave me the word, “hope”, for my new year. It came with a verse, which has quickly become one of my favorites.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13
This has been a source of encouragement for me all year long, and I have also been able to share it with others, such as the women in my church small group.
Now back to the present, January 2016.
As I was reading about others who had picked a special word for this new year, I wondered if there was a word for me.
The first thing that popped into my head was, “Change”.
“But I don’t like change.”, I thought. And like so many times when God speaks to me, I just thought it came from my own head.
But the more I think about it, I think “change” might be the appropriate word for 2016. I think that God is showing me how to trust and follow Him on a new level. I naturally prefer comfort and the norm, but change might just be the good thing that’s in store for me this year.
In thinking about possible upcoming changes in my life (especially in regards to work), I have vacillated between downright fear and hopeful anticipation.
I am learning to trust God for his good changes in my life.
I am attempting to follow Him obediently in all he asks me to do.
I am praying for direction and provision for the right job for this season of my life.
And I am deciding to turn from fear and to embrace the new.
In fact, since I started working on this post, I decided to participate in a short Bible study plan on YouVersion about choosing, or asking God to show me, my One Word for 2016. I’m still not sure if my word is “change”, or perhaps “new”.
I am finding myself fearing less, and even feeling excitement for what is to come.
I would love to hear how you feel about change in your life. Do you naturally feel a sense of fear, or do you rise to the challenge and anticipate new changes?