I wasn't looking for it...
I hadn't even thought about it.
My "word for the year" wasn't even on my mind.
Then this picture came and I heard my "word" loud and clear.
Tears started to roll down my eyes...
I told myself..."compose yourself, you look like a blooming idiot."
The truth is... the things of God usually look foolish to the world.
This was the original car (a 1971 Mustang) which was bought in 2000 by our oldest son...Kenny (now 30), Allen (now 27) and Stephen (now 18).
Now why in the world would a old car being towed make me find my "word" or bring tears?
Because behind this car is a veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery long story.
This car was being towed to be restored.
It has been an over-a-decade-long project that my boys started undertaking in their teens.
It once drove... before it caught on fire.
They have all set in the seat of this car...dreaming of the possibilities.
Now, our recently-married, second-born son and his wife are making the dream finally come to pass.
My mind thought back over last year's "word". I could never have imaged what the year 2013 would hold when my understated word, "transition" was picked.
So, as the word rolled over in my mind... and my thoughts... and my emotions...I stopped.
Instead of trying to figure it out, I went the the source...THE WORD of God.
My 2014 "WORD" - RESTORATION!!
|His Daddy started the project....his Uncle is going to finish the dream.|
My mind needed to stop on what all God meant by that word for this year. My flesh cries out for many things to be restored. As I read through His word, I knew that the restoration was to first start internally.
"Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit
Then I will teach transgressors Thy ways"
"For I will restore you to health
And I will heal you of your wounds, declares the Lord"...
Each scripture was the Lord telling His people what He would do, not something in their own efforts. He stated, "I will restore," over and over again through these verses.
".....stir up Your power
And come to save us!
O God, restore us
And cause Your face to shine upon us,
and we will be saved"
With the word restoration, I got the words "good deeds" and "the written word."
Later, I looked at the three and saw they needed to come in this order:
First, The Written Word.......then, Good Deeds......then, Restoration!
So, my header shows my thoughts for this coming year. I look into the future, having learned from my past, but not turning back. I will be writing this year! I will read His written word and put words on paper this year...allowing Him to be the author. I am going to dance with my silver-haired husband. It is time to bring this relationship back to the front burner. I look forward to the Lord walking this word out in my life...
and I hope He'll do the same for you.