Genesis 1:1-2 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
Do you have a “word for the year?” Several of my friends have recently asked me what my word for this year is and it has given me reason to pause. After living through 2020, my first inclination was for my word to be “grace.” A genuine grace is one we offer to others when we are loving well as we reflect the grace we are given by God. After spending some time praying and thinking, I have moved to the word “breathe.”
I don’t know about you, but I have spent a lot of time in the past year taking deep breaths and asking the Holy Spirit to guide my thoughts, words, and actions so that I will reflect to the world the presence of Christ in me. I truly desire to be a light in this world, and I must admit, this is not always the case. From the beginning of time, the Spirit of God has brought light to the darkness. We read this in the very first sentences of the first book of the Bible. I am grateful for this reminder that no matter where we find ourselves, the Spirit of God is hovering over our waters.
Maybe your waters are a little tumultuous right now. Maybe you are in a season of “calm waters.” Or you could be in a wilderness season and feeling a bit lost. Wherever we might find ourselves, we know we can cling to the truth of Christmas and know that we are never alone. God is with us and knows our deepest needs.
Having a “word for this year” is helpful and encouraging. It challenges us to grow and to be mindful of our need to be transformed by God. I pray that you will live in the ultimate word – God’s Word - in the coming year. Doing so will teach you, guide you, give you hope, and I am convinced the Word of God will remind me to breathe!