A few weeks ago, I was inspired by a Compassion International blog post on finding a word of the year. Something that God wants to use in your life to remind you of who He is, who you are, or what He's up to.
I immediately had a word pop in my head, but thought, "That's FAR too negative of a word. There's no way that it can be mine for a year."
However, the word kept repeating in my life--it and its opposite... I would read it in the Bible, hear it in conversation, even speak it's opposite from the platform at church. Each time, my spirit would leap a little... Whispering, "Yes... YES! I believe!"
This week I've begun to embrace my word:
It sounds negative, doesn't it?! Nothing. When I first started thinking about it, all I could think of was The Nothing from The Neverending Story. "God?" I asked. "God, would You give me a word that hopeless?"
Ah, what little understanding I had!
A reminder that it is GOD who we dwell in and who dwells in us.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." ~John 15:5
While the word "nothing" is not written here, it's implied in the list of items. NOTHING can separate us from the love of God!
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor
demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither
height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" ~Romans 8:38-39
In Mark 8, when the people listening to Jesus teaching had been there for days with no food, Jesus recognized that they had nothing... and did a miracle by providing food. Jesus is STILL in the business of miracles today!
It's opposite, "anything" or "everything" has been impacting me as well.
In Mark 9:23, Jesus says, "Everything is possible for one who believes."
This year, God apparently means to teach me that He is much more powerful and unlimited than I have ever given Him credit for. And I am unbelievably excited to learn that lesson.