About mid-December I start thinking and praying about what my one word should be for the next year and the word that has landed in my lap over the past several weeks has been “rest.” This word seemed like an easy way out to me. But when I started pondering the word “rest” I began to see it in a different light. I’m wired to think rest is for the weak. This is wrong. In today’s culture we live and die on the altar of being busy. If we’re not busy, we’re lazy. This is wrong.
The verse that I’m using for my word this year is Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” The study Bible I use at home says this about this verse, “Because God is holy, He cannot overlook iniquity.Because He is a God redemption, He forgives and restores His people. He is constantly creating new things for His people so we can serve Him and bring His purposes to pass in the world.”
Me resting in God is not just about me lying around and physically resting. It’s more about trusting God with what He’s doing this year regarding my health and food allergy issues. It’s about me trusting Him with my future and the tension I feel in my life of wanting to be a fame spreader for Him. It’s about me trusting Him to get me in places I have been unable to get in to spread His name.
Resting has always been hard for me so 2017 will be quite a year.