Ahhh the upcoming excitement of a new New Year and for many people that means New year’s resolutions or maybe if you’re a Christian then it’s about your Word for 2020.
Maybe you already know your Word and you’re holding it close to your heart in anticipation of what lies ahead, Or maybe you haven’t and maybe you’re still waiting?
Over the last year or so, I have not been aware of receiving a New Year’s Word even though I have been doing the exact same thing I have always done. Looking back, it used to happen so easily and would come to me so clearly with seemingly no effort at all just “POP” a Word would fall into my heart but I’ve noticed a change here. And whilst I have been in prayerful receiving and watchful waiting mode, feeling around for anything that might smack of a Word, there’s been silence.
Did I do something wrong?
I couldn’t help feeling concerned, after all, receiving a New Year’s Word is a bit like a Divine Sign of Approval, isn’t it? It shows that God’s interested in my life, I’m special and connected to Him and some kind of blessing awaits me in the year ahead. Without it, what would I talk about on social media? Thankfully, I’ve taken a social media sabbatical over the last few months, but I understand the fanfare of knowing and sharing your Word online and what it can feel like if you still haven’t received yours especially when everyone else is discussing theirs.I understand what it can feel like if you still haven't received your Word for the Year especially when everyone else is discussing theirs on social media. Click To Tweet
But can I offer you an alternative view? When I take a step back and compare the atmosphere around receiving a Word now to when I was conscious of receiving my first ever Word back in 2012, I realise that now it’s beginning to feel more like “A Thing” and less like a sacred experience.
When God first gifted me with a Word, I wasn’t even looking for one, I never knew that such an experience existed and the Words I received were very much for my own personal growth and less about what God would give me. Words that I both hated and loved because I knew they would refine and transform me, words like Commitment and Perseverance.
Looking back these words were meaningful because they were preparing me for new levels and experiences in my life, they were changing who I was so that I could step into what God had placed ahead of me. Yes, there were some nice words (on the surface anyway) but even these words pushed me to become more and embrace more, they were like prophetic guidance beacons that lit my way and showed me which way to go.
But this year something is different, and I really don’t think YHWH is going to give me a Word for 2020. That’s not me being sceptical, because I’ve realised that God has already given me a mandate and deep down inside I knew it. My problem was that I had been so used to receiving a Word and so busy Word-watching I wasn’t really listening to God’s heart for me in this season.My problem was that I had been so used to receiving a Word and so busy Word-watching I wasn't really listening to God's heart for me in this season. Click To Tweet
And it’s got me thinking, that when we get used to something and allow it to become another thing that happens to us or that we do, we are in danger of missing out on the New Thing that God may desire to bring into our lives.
I believe that everything that God does is with purpose, it’s not a checklist activity, the Holy Spirit doesn’t just sit there waiting for the end of December to come around and then start dispensing Words to people so that we can share them on social media. In fact, the truth is that God speaks to us daily, so there’s really no reason why one time of the year should be more momentous than another.
If you’re struggling to find a Word that feels spiritually authentic to you this year, maybe it could be because God doesn’t want to to give you a Word, and He’s going to do something different for you.
Maybe you’ve already felt Spirit moving you in a particular way, or you feel God calling you into action in a specific area? Whilst it’s nice to receive a Word, sometimes God calls us into action, I mean surely if the Words that He has already given you have been transformative in nature already then eventually you’re going to have to be put to work right?
This is a great time to sit down and reflect so that you are in line with what God desires of/for you in this season. In your uniqueness and your unique circumstances of life, maybe there’s something that God desires for you that doesn’t look the same as it does for others.
Sometimes it’s about looking back and trying to uncover the promptings that you may have missed, maybe God has already given you instruction but it didn’t feel “big enough” for you so you put it aside? Maybe you already know the answer but you’ve been fighting it, so I have a Word for you to embrace instead…
To stop fighting, to stop struggling, and to obey and follow even if it looks different and even if it doesn’t make complete sense. To stop making it about what you can receive and about allowing God to manifest His will in our lives through you.
God has definitely been speaking to me about this almost self-centred version of Christianity where it’s all about us and what we receive and less about being Light and making a difference.
Struggling to find a Word caused so much turmoil in me until I realised that there was no Word, only being obedient to the call He had already given me. Once I accepted this I found peace.
Who knows, maybe the same may apply to you.
Happy 2020 in advance.