linking with Five Minute Friday at katemotaung.com – write for five minutes on a given prompt, except today we get to choose our own one-word prompt. I’ll tell you mine in a minute!
Over the past few months I’ve heard more and more people talking about the idea of choosing a word for the year. Rather than making a list of New Year resolutions they select a single word that they focus on to guide and direct them through the year.
It’s something I’ve been drawn to consider, and so last night I was praying and asking God if there was a word that should be my focus for 2016.
A word came to mind, not a word I would have expected, but I think it’s from God. The more I think about it, the more it both excites me and terrifies me.
The word is “surrender” and since it’s the word that is in my mind just now I’ll take it as the prompt.
I looked up some definitions:
- “an agreement to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, etc., because you know that you will not win or succeed”
- “the action of yielding one’s person or giving up the possession of something especially into the power of another”
- “a giving up after a struggle to retain or resist”
I know there is resistance; I know there are things I’m clinging onto- areas where I’m holding onto control, that I’m scared to completely hand over to God, and I know that I need to surrender and fully trust him.
I was challenged about it again this morning and I felt frustrated with myself- God has proved himself absolutely faithful, I have seen that so many times in my life- why do I still struggle to trust him?
At least I trust him enough to be honest with him about it and, as I did, he gently reassured me that if this is a word for the year he’s not expecting me to have it sorted in one day.
I found a quote from Elisabeth Elliot which encourages me: “One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.”
So I suppose the first act of surrender is agreeing to focus on this word throughout the coming year and see where it takes me.
linking with Weekend Whispers