Expecting Light in the Dark: 1 Thessalonians 5:24
Those who know me well know that I have a love for words. Whether they are spoken, written, or sung, there is just something special to me about the elegance in which words can be strung together. I’m different from many of my friends in this way. Some people need actions. They need to see you do something in order to fully understand and resonate with it. Me? I need you to say it. Not that actions aren’t important. I don’t think anyone could argue that actions don’t carry a huge weight. But for me there is just something intimate about hearing or reading words that are coming straight from someone’s heart; being placed side by side in a way only they could place them.
I say that to say this: having a passion for words makes choosing one to shape your entire year a little difficult.
This year has been a transforming one for me to say the least. I have spent more time on my knees in prayer than ever before—largely because I have been faced with situations like never before. So I decided to take a look back at the past year to help me choose my word for the coming 365 days.
I love to journal (shocking, I know) and I especially love it for times like these, when I can look back at what the Lord has put in my path and how He has used it to mold me and refine my faith. Let me tell you, reading back through my thoughts and prayers that told the story of the past year was not easy. Being reminded of trials, failures, and heartbreak is hard—but seeing The Lord’s hand through it all is so humbling. Thinking back to when I penned those words in my journal, I can remember feeling hopeless at times—like the trial I was facing would never be resolved. And now, looking back, I can see that though I was pleading with God to be present in my circumstances, I had little expectancy that He would show up the way that He did.
When I realized that, I realized that I want to spend the next year of my life being expectant.
I want to wake up every morning and expect God to make Himself so evident in my life that I can’t avoid His work.
I want to pray with the expectation that the situations I’m praying over will be dealt with in a supernatural way.
I want to talk to unbelievers about my faith with a sense of freedom and security because I expect the Lord to nourish the seed I am planting in their hearts.
I want to walk bravely into an unknown future, confident and expecting that His provision and faithfulness in my life will overcome any uncertainties.
These are my prayers for 2016. To live, pray, worship, and walk with expectancy that He will be present in my circumstances, whatever they may be.
What are you expecting Him to do?
1. having expectations; expecting
“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”
-1 Thessalonians 5:24
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