Revelation shows us the glory and beauty of our Lord who sits on a throne of glory, surrounded by redeemed elders, crowned with gold. Around the throne are four creatures that see all that is revealed. They are fierce as lions, loyal and steadfast as oxen, rational and made in the image of God like man, and swift as an eagle in flight to obey their God. They never cease to praise God's holiness and power, for He is worthy. I read the passage. I am in awe.
Ecclesiastes reminds me that there is a time for everything, and that I am not in control of what will happen. I was born; I will die. I've planted and plucked, I've killed and I've healed. I have broken down walls and built them up. I've wept and laughed, and mourned and danced.
The thing that strikes me about this list is that my God is the One ordaining my steps. I've lost things - not of my own volition - and prayed that God would help me as I seek them. I've been silent, and I've spoken up. I am acutely aware that what happens to me is planned perfectly by my God, who loves me, and who deserves all praise.
There is nothing better for me to do than to rejoice in my work and take pleasure in all of my toil. I can rest in Him. I can sink down into Him. I don't control anything, but I know the One who does. He is good, and He is right.
Psalm 27 reminds me that the Lord is my light and my salvation. He is my stronghold in times of trouble, and my guide on the weary path. He is the One who gives me confidence, and He is absolutely lovely. I long to be with Him, and I have His promise that I will dwell in the house of the Lord, forever.
I wonder what it will be like, the sea of glass before the throne. Is it simply figurative, or will I see it? I long to gaze on the beauty of my Lord, and look upon His goodness.
Trials will come. Death is inevitable. I'll experience the pain of false witnesses rising up against me, and the crooked ways of my enemies. But my God will never forsake me. I only have to sink into Him, to trust Him, to wait for Him. When I ponder the message in these passages, I am strong. My heart takes courage. I wait for the Lord.
In this season of beginnings, the time of goal-setting and resolutions, many people are changing their habits. Instead of a list of things they seek to do and to be in this new year, they've been choosing a word that could change their life. Ann Voskamp chose IN. Others have chosen words like FAITH, or DELIBERATE, or JOY. So many different words. So many different people.
I thought about my one word for 2013.
It's SINK. It has to be SINK.
I considered the word REST, because my heart wants to rest in Jesus, to desist from having to check off my list and from evaluating my walk with God according to my daily accomplishments. It's too easy for me to feel proud about DOING and despair about NOT DOING. God loves me, not because of my work, but because He has chosen me to love. I want to rest in that.
More than that, though, I want to sink into that truth. I want to be enveloped by God's love as it overwhelms and surrounds me. I think of Jonah, in the center of God's will as he thought he was drowning, yet God was ordering his steps. I think of Peter, stepping boldly out of the boat in faith, then losing focus and sinking with fear. Jesus reached out and caught Peter's hand… He does the same for me.
I'll write more about my word as I continue to think about what it means to me. For now, it's my ONE WORD for 2013. SINK.