My brother and I just returned home after dropping our sister off at the airport. She arrived here on Christmas afternoon, and it was a blessing to have her for so long. Because of her visit, though, I haven’t had a lot of time to do my end-of-the-year pondering. I hope to get time this month to read and pray, clear my brain a bit, and prepare for the new year. I would like to live in a state of awareness of God’s presence and what He desires to speak to me at any moment. I pray that I will reach that place but too often, the cares of life tear away at my best intentions and, before I know it, the stresses have overwhelmed once again.
I sometimes wonder if we will ever see real revival again in our country. In a society where entertainment has replaced altar calls, feeling good about ourselves is preferable to repentance, and comfort is more important than witnessing, is there even a remnant that would say:
Speak the word, Lord, my ears long to hear you
Speak the word, Lord, my heart aches to know.
Speak the word, Lord, I’ll be what you’d have me to be.
Speak the word, Lord, and your servant will go?
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions since they are usually made via emotions of the moment, but I do pray that God will keep turning my heart back to Him, that nothing would be more important than my relationship with Him and pleasing Him at every turn. If I am best used behind the scenes, supporting and encouraging others’ ministries, I want to be content where He has placed me, but I don’t want to be complacent.
If you, like me, have been busy the last few weeks and have not had time to get alone with God and seek a renewed vision for this year, I encourage you to make time as soon as you’re able to do that. One cannot thrive who is constantly on the move with never a slow moment to think and pray. Praying on the go is better than nothing, but it should not replace quiet, focused, uninterrupted time with the Father.
These are my thoughts so far after a week into 2022. I’m sure I will be sharing more with you in the coming months. Meanwhile, I implore you to make your relationship with God your #1 priority. If you are carrying burdens, give them to the Lord. Let Him carry them for you. Let Him carry you if you need Him to. But, whatever you do, do not allow yourself to drift away from Him. As a deer pants for water, so we should long for our Heavenly Father.
(Chorus quoted from the song Speak the Word, Lord as sung by The New Hinsons.)