My word for 2015 is rest.
Not just the rest of taking a break, although the kind of rest I am seeking would mean that. Not the rest of a weekly Sabbath, though by all means, I will keep it. I mean the rest that comes from knowing that the work is done, that Someone has your back. There’s no more payment to be made. Nothing more can be added.
That kind of soul rest that lets you relax in the Lord and trust Him to take care of you on every level. The rest that lets you move away from the coping strategies of the past into new places. The rest that comes with “nothing to prove.” The rest of “cease striving and know that I am God.”
So, here’s my prayer for 2015:
When Thou didst first hover over chaos,
order came to birth,
beauty robed the world,
fruitfulness sprang forth.
Move, I pray Thee, on my disordered heart….
Make it fragrant as the garden of paradise,
rich with every goodly fruit,
beautiful with heavenly grace,
radiant with rays of divine light…
Be my comforter, light, guide, sanctifier.
Take of the things of Christ and show them to my soul;
through Thee may I daily learn more of his love,
Help me to find in His death the reality and immensity of His love.
Open for me the wondrous volumes of truth in His,
“It is finished.”¹
That kind of rest.
“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.”²
That kind of rest is what I’m praying for in 2015.
What’s your word for 2015?