As I sit and enjoy the tree for the last day before we pack Christmas away for another year, I reflect on all that has been wonderful about this season and year.
2015 has been a year of being stretched beyond what I thought capable and yet here I am at the end, thankful for it all.
TRUST was the One Word laid on my heart last December and I focused my thoughts, actions and behavior in learning to do that well.
Totally Resting Until the Savior’s Time is an acronym my Hubby wrote out years ago and it kept rolling around in my thoughts throughout this year.
In practicing TRUST, I’ve unknowingly been learning patience as well.
Trust means not moving out in my own direction but resting in the assurance that He’s got this thing.
I’ve had some pretty crazy upheavals, adjustments on the fly and unforeseen incidents this year that could have blown me out of the water and one in particular that rocked my world. But I made it through and I’ve seen time and again that if I wait for His timing, direction and answer, I’ll find it.
- I’m learning to be patient with not have the answer now or yesterday but waiting for His timing.
- I’m learning it works out when I get out of His way. Situations I don’t have the answer for have worked out okay, and in many ways, better than I could have planned myself.
- I’m learning to slow down, observe, take in the situation and slow my reaction down.
- I’m learning the old adage of counting to 10 before letting it fly. And that counting process along with stepping away… even if it’s just mentally… helps me look beyond ‘me’ and notice the bigger picture in play.
- I’m learning to change my perspective and the part I play. I’m learning to take the other ‘characters at play’ into play. I’m noticing their roles and trusting the Director for my cues and lines to say.
With a house full of teenagers and people ‘becoming’ I can be quick to toss in my opinion and throw them off their own performance. I can upstage the process and miss what God is doing in them.
See I don’t have to give all the answers. I don’t even have to know the right answers. But I do need to TRUST His voice, His direction and His leading in letting others know the answers.
And that’s where the patience part steps in. I like it done…yesterday. I like to know the plan, write the plan and get the plan done.
God says, “Wait…. I’ll give you what you need, when you need it….not a moment before and not a moment too late.”
Ugh… because you know what? His timing mechanism doesn’t always tick at the pace I’d like. And again there’s that word, TRUST…
- I have to trust He’s got the best plan.
- I have to trust He knows the when, where and how to get it all accomplished.
- I have to trust He’s got this figured out and that there are many parts in play… not just my own.
Trusting in His timing requires patience, endurance and courage.
- Patience because it’s not always done in our timing.
- Endurance because we have to keep plodding on and doing the right thing until He changes the situation or changes me!
- And courage because we’re choosing to step out of the security of our own plan to follow His.
Trust is believing He has a better plan than I do. It’s choosing His way over my way.
This has been a good year. I can say with confidence He has changed me for the better. It hasn’t always been easy nor painless but it has all been good. He has turned it out for my good.
“He knows us far better than we know ourselves… that’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” ~ Romans 8:28 (The Message)
Jump into the conversation:
- What has God done in you this year?
- If you’ve had “one word” this year what has it been?
- What’s your big take-away from 2015?