Ok, I have a word for 2017. (Yes, it's mid-March... this one took a while to land.) My adopted theme for this year is CLEAR.
free from darkness, obscurity, or cloudiness; light.
I passionately love the thought of clarity, actually. Don't we all? God's heard my pleas for years now - prayers for a clear journey, for an obvious calling, for a an audible voice giving clear instructions. A clear way forward is the dream and yet I've made some peace with the foggy path, one foot in front of the other and each step an act of trust. But oh, how good is life when things are clear? When the fog clears and the sun is let loose, or when my winter-pummelled windows get a good spring cleaning and there's light through our home... it's heaven.
I have a pretty good sense of smell, though my eyes need a strong prescription to function well. My family laughs at me because my nose is so sensitive... But here's the thing: I can SMELL the new season of growth and fruit and harvest, though I cannot yet quite see it clearly. The endless winter is releasing its grip to spring, and this mama is ready. God is doing something new, as He always is. I smell wide open fields of harvest, exploding with life. Where our journey has maybe felt more like a like narrow, covered path, there is clearing ahead. We've been plowing and God has been pruning.
I'm committed to clear what I can in this season. Make way. Clear the distractions and pain that weigh me down personally... I know this is a time for clearing the muck and weeds and overgrown ick. What's easy to ignore in the winter needs to be cleared for spring. I'm prepared to lose some of this winter baggage in anticipation of what lies ahead. I'm focused on clearing the way for others in this season. And I'm committed to write and communicate to bring clarity. It's time. We're ready.
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness, stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us, looking away from all that will distract us and focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity, who for the joy of accomplishing the goal set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work.