I read a lot about the One Word concept last year but I never picked one. This year, I decided I wanted to have one, but couldn’t decide what it would be.
How do you pick just one work that will become your theme for the entire year?
I read other people’s words and considered them for myself. I thought about different words that I might make fit, or be able to use. None of them felt…right. The word that did feel right, didn’t make any sense. How in the world could that be my one word I kept asking myself. I kept praying over it, and repeatedly that word kept coming to mind. Once I looked it up, it made perfect sense and fit perfectly into my soul.
As a noun
wait, postponement, delay, hold, time lag: time during which some action is awaited
wait, waiting: the act of waiting; remaining inactive in one place while expecting something
As a verb
wait: stay in one place and anticipate or expect something
wait, hold off, hold back, wait before acting
wait, expect, look, await: look forward to the probable occurrence of
wait, waitress: serve (as a waitress) another
The Bible teaches that we are expected to wait on the Lord. We must trust Him and remain hopeful, faithful, joyful, knowing He is working in our life. He will be there to guide and comfort us as long as we seek His guidance.
I’m not good at waiting. I’m impatient and impulsive and always eager to move on to the next thing. I rush through things or rush into too many things at once and often end up regretting my decisions. When I do wait, I second-guess myself and don’t trust my first instincts, or don’t seek out spiritual guidance first.
I’ve prayed lately for guidance, for the Lord to show to me what I need to do, what I should focus on to deepen my relationship with him. So why was I so surprised that He chose the word WAIT for me?
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
So this year, 2013, I will learn to wait. Wait to hear the Lord whisper to me. Wait to better understand His faithfulness. Wait with the knowledge that my perseverance will grow my spiritual relationship with Him. Wait for His path in my life to become clear. Wait through the storms and trials that will come.
I will wait while my Lord molds me into the person He created me to be.