2012...Year of Miracles

While I write this, I am reflecting on what God has done already. You know, I feel almost as if I'm in the middle of a scene in a movie where something important is about to happen... and the music is building to a climactic suspense... and everyone knows that this is the crucial moment that will be the game changer for all parties involved.

God is the connector of people, times and places.  He knows exactly what we need when we need it.  He knows exactly what we are ready for and will not introduce it until that moment. A few years ago, we were blessed to be in earshot of a great man of God, who is now our pastor (praise God for that)... who encouraged everyone there to ask God for a word that would describe the year ahead... perhaps what He wanted them to cling to or hold on to through whatever that year ahead might bring.

Each year since then, Tim (my amazing husband) and I have each been given a word in our spirit that truly has been something we have either walked out in our own journeys, or a focus we could have for our life, individually and together.

One year my word was both 'New' and 'Journey'... and that year was most definitely a 'New Journey'.  Tim's word has been 'rebirth' one year... and how true to life that was.  This past year, my word was 'clarity', and how clear was my vision for what God accomplished through the 'Presence' project and all the things that came about through it... And this year, my word is surprising but simple. I prayed so much when I received this word as 'my word' because albeit encouraging, it is a bit overwhelming too.  But clearly, the word came through. 'Miracles.'

During the time that I was preparing for the big moment of the release of 'Presence', about the beginning of November, I had one of those nights where sleep was not an option.  I was wakeful (and that is putting it mildly) and so I dug into the Word. I asked God to give me a Psalm to read, as those often bring peace and teach my heart to praise even when I don't understand what I am to be learning in a tough spot.  He gave me Psalm 33 in those wee hours of the morning... and I have leaned upon it many times since.  The message is both simple and complex: the steadfast love of the Lord.  How can this be? He has chosen to love me, unconditionally.  The Psalm proclaims praise to the Lord, who in His sovereignty created everything there is and keeps close track of every heart, deed and intent. But the point that God made clear in my heart that sleepless night still rings... it is not by anything that I bring to the table that anything good happens.  It is all because of Him, working through my willingness and my heart that seeks after Him. Period. 

v. 16 'The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.' (Then HOW?)

v. 18-22 'Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.  Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.  Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.'

If this is to be the year of miracles, then even this by itself is miraculous enough that my mind does not understand.  It is not by anything I can do, but by God's grace and for His glory that He can use me and the gifts He has equipped me with. Wow.

So is this year unfolding to once again be a living testimony to the word on my heart? Yes, a thousand times. And it's only February! Already, God is connecting me with people and times and things that I am absolutely in awe of... and as His purpose is revealed to me, may He alone receive the glory for what He chooses to do.  I am a willing vessel, and excited to see 2012 hold many 'miracles'  through which God will make His Name great!

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