Part One: Getting It (Part Two is “Living it” coming next week)
It was 11:59 pm on December 31st and while most were anticipating the ball dropping in Times Square, I was pondering my word for 2012. Trivial for some, but to those who know me, that word is pretty important. Normally I’ve pondered or run across a scripture that guides me to my “word for the year” before the current year runs out. But alas the the ball was dropping and the word well was dry – as dry as my blog which hadn’t been updated in about 2 months.
The “word of the year” is a focus of how you will approach life during the coming year or an attribute you’d like to project for the year. My past words have included dream, act, refresh, complete, hope…
As I gazed into the future of 2012 I saw many life changes. One child off to college, a book that hopefully will be published, education changes for the remaining kiddos and … who knows what else. Many of these changes I looked forward to with teary eyes. (not to mention, wrinkles, weight gain and hot flashes) I wondered if my word would be Kleenex, Chocolate, Zoloft or perhaps rapture?
The ball dropped, the sauerkraut was eaten, the confetti vaccuumed, and I was still wordless for 2012. I shared my dilemma with some writer friends who pray. I did my share of communicating with the Master of all words, the giver of my gifts and the only one who knew what my 2012 would look like.
While I was asking God why all my friends had words and I didn’t, I was also “de-Christmasing”. I came across a gift bag in my office that I didn’t recognize. Upon opening it, I realized it was a speaker gift I had received back in December when I spoke at a Christmas Brunch in Baltimore. The chaos of coming home and multiple people unpacking the car resulted in this misplaced package.
When I opened the box, I found a Willow Tree Angel!
Her tag said Celebrate – with Joyful Anticipation. At first I laughed and thought, Really funny God…have you seen my calendar?
But then I felt his gentle nudge. His plan for me was to look forward to all of these changes with Joyful Anticipation. Not to be robbed of joy by the paths that life would take in 2012; but to joyfully anticipate them and yes CELEBRATE them.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
Each change, while presenting challenges, also presents the possibility for blessing for me and my family. I felt a weight lift off my shoulders and yes, my eyes filled with tears. My heavenly Father used an angel to send me a message. The message: “Celebrate with joyful anticipation”. There will most likely still be tears, but instead of spending the year in apprehension, I will spend it in Celebration!
(Stay Tuned for Part Two of this update: Celebrate … Seriously? 3 funerals later, the death of a horse and numerous friends with sick kids, dying family members and some in comas…Celebrate Really?)
Point to Ponder: Do you have a word? If you had to pick a word that would sum up your 2011 what would it be? Would you choose a different word for 2012? What word would you like to live out, or live up to in 2012?