It seems as if there is a theme to each season of life. Last year, I started keeping a journal of what God has been teaching me. Here three things God taught me in 2019.
For 2019, my word of the year was trust. My life had climaxed to this one word. Will I trust Him with my dreams and plans? Will I trust that He works every thing in my life for good? Romans 8: 28 became my life verse. It is a constant reminder that every season of my life has a purpose in His plan. I found myself asking why several times this year. But I was brought back to this verse. I learned that we do not need to know why; we are just called to trust. God has a plan during seasons of suffering or confusion and we can rest in the fact that He is working all for good.
This year, I started to realize the importance of our daily tasks. I was discontent for a season, wishing I could move beyond the mundane; that God would use me to do more. The details in my life seemed insignificant. What was the purpose?
Last spring/summer I read Elizabeth Elliot’s novel No Graven Image. It followed the work of a missionary who wanted to make an impact for God, but after a year of mission work, accomplished nothing. Any progress she made was torn down and her effort felt useless. She reached the realization that nothing is useless if we are doing it for the glory of God. We may never see the fruits of our labor, but God sees our heart.
Most of our lives are spent in the everyday tasks. But these details of our life are significant. I saw that I was flying through each day, ignoring the details, and losing sight of the bigger picture. Glorifying God. In this, we have purpose.
This last one is closely related to trust. When I saw that I need to trust His plan, that led me to the end of mine. The need to trust God showed me my need to surrender. Surrendering my will, expectations, and reservations, and simply giving Him control. He showed me (and is continually showing me) areas of my life that I need to give to Him. I realized my need for surrender when I realized my expectations of the future ( I plan on writing a full story this year). Now I am realizing that it extends to my past and present. It is a daily surrender. He has always been in control; the key is recognizing and submitting to it.
2020: Living with Intention
2020 is different from other years. Usually I have one word for the year, but this year I have several. I plan to write themed posts for each word, but for now, I want to leave you with one word: intention. This is closely related to living with purpose and it is a theme that has been on my heart. Living intentionally is giving thought to the simple tasks. It is doing everything with a heart of worship toward God. I encourage you to begin each day with a heart to live intentionally, a heart to serve God.
I am excited to share my other words for 2020 in the months to come! What is your word (or words) for this year? What did God teach you in 2019?