New year, new you. How often have I heard that phrase? The magazines for sale at the grocery checkout claim anyone can lose ten pounds in one week. I’d like to lose the fat, lose the flab, and get the body I’ve always wanted. Maybe 2017 is the year I will reach my ideal weight. The new year arrives with hope, motivation, and maybe change.
In the past, I’ve made resolutions. My resolutions are usually about some kind of self improvement. I’ve heard some people pray and ask God for a “word for the year.” I admit I was skeptical about this. What makes January 1 so special? God can speak to us in a variety of ways, according to his timing. But praying seemed better than resolving. Praying might lead to the right resolution. I don’t usually get this personal or spiritual with my posts, but I want to share a prayer I wrote in my journal on January 1, 2017.
Lord, you are Holy. You are worthy. Thank you for abundant life. It’s a new year Lord. A new year makes for a new beginning. I pray that I will be open to your word…open to your spirit…open to you. I pray for your will to be done in my life. May I step out of your way, Lord. Father, some people hear a word which is their word for the year. Is this possible? Is it real? I look to you Lord. Do you have a word for me?
I stopped writing, closed my eyes and waited. My spirit heard the word, “Go.” You’ve got to be kidding, I thought, “Go?” I wrote it down and waited again. Nothing.
I thanked the Lord for the word, and closed my journal.
My mind was filled with questions. Will this year be a year of travel? Will it be a year for new experiences? Will I be challenged to step out of my comfort zone? To “Go” means to leave the place you are. “Go” can apply to the physical or spiritual realm. It can mean leaving the fears and failures of the past behind.
The word “Go” is a lot like God, mysterious.
There’s a problem with resolutions. They can be limiting. God’s vision for us is much bigger than our own. A new year brings an opportunity to be open to his vision, his leading. The question remains, will I have the faith to follow?
Friends, I’m excited to see what opportunities God will bring in 2017. I believe “Go” means more than going on a diet. At least I hope so.