It’s time for the annual word selection. For the past four years I have selected a word to focus on throughout the year. This word is meant to challenge me and enlarge my understanding of the Holy One of Israel, the One whom I worship and gave my life to many years ago. This word, like several of the others, actually selected me. That’s how it seems to go, this word of the year.
I have struggled over the past couple of weeks with my word for the year. I can’t even begin to tell you the directions I have gone as I thought and sought out this word. You see, this word has to be a word that gives direction and will be a guide for the remainder of the year. Several of my friends have had their words for several weeks. I have felt like a slacker because I have been without. Last night it came to me.
This year is going to be a year of transitions for me. I fully anticipate a new pastor leader by the end of 2013. I actually fully expect one much earlier than the end of 12 months, but I’m giving a little leaway for the process. There will be transitions for him as well as a transition and adjustment for me. By the end of 2013 I expect to be moving into a new building and place of worship, a new First Baptist Temple facility. There are needs that have been identified already and yet I know that there will be other items that we have not even thought of at this point. And the greatest transition so far will be the transition of my twin daughters off to college in August. I am thankful for this next step in their lives and am excited about new opportunities that will be presented to them as they begin to test their wings as young adults. Yes, this will be a year of transitions.
I got home yesterday to find a letter from one of the colleges that the girls are planning to attend. In this letter it outlined possible scholarships and potential support. I’m at the point of complete mind boggling when I think of two in college at the same time. Jan and I were talking about the cost of college. Here’s an alert; sometimes I’m concerned about finances. Money sometimes makes me anxious. There, I said it. So in the midst of looking at this letter and getting a clearer picture on the financial scene, I became anxious. And then the word came to me. Provision. This year, with so many unknowns, I will come to understand, in a very real and tangible way, that God is truly Jehovah-Jireh, The Lord Who Provides. During the midst of all these transitions, Jehovah-Jireh will provide what is needed for everything. Everything. And I will have need for provision that far surpasses simple money.
I understand that God owes me nothing. He has provided my salvation through the blood of His Son, Jesus, and that is enough. It’s more than enough. But listen to Paul as he writes to Timothy:
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way, they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
I pray that this year, as I come to understand The Lord Who Provides, I will be able to be generous in all of my dealings, both financially and in good deeds as well. It’s a good word for me. It’s going to be a good year.