I am searching for a word today. I’m a word person (I guess most writers are), but today I’m hunting for a particular word. Not a word for you, but a word for me. This word will not be used to express an idea to a reader, but it will express something specific to me. And I’m asking God to speak it.
I hope this isn’t presumptuous… asking God to speak a particular word to me. He’s given us a lot of words already in the scriptures, words that have a depth we will never be able to fully explore. More than that, God has given us the Word, Jesus, his logos, the representation of who God is. I shouldn’t need anything else. I don’t need anything else.
But there are times, in his grace, that God gives us specific words, too. Words meant particularly for us. He did that for Mary. After she received the visit from the angel in Luke 1 she said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Your word. This time Luke uses the word rhema, not logos. The word rhema means a specific word, a particular word for a particular person. Gabriel spoke God’s words for Mary alone.
That’s what I’m asking for. A particular word for me to begin a new year. A word that will help me arrange my decisions and give structure to the changes ahead. 2013 feels a bit to me like a train that ran out of control… lots of stress and making lots of important decisions on the fly. No doubt we learned much and God was certainly faithful in the middle of it all, but I’m hoping for a different picture in 2014. I don’t know what the coming year holds, but God does. So I’m asking for a word, a theme, to help me stay focused on what God wants me to learn and make decisions according to his will.
I don’t have the word yet, but I’m praying for it. I sense it will have something to do with intentionality rather than spontaneity. With action rather than reaction. With focusing on the basics rather than getting distracted with the extras. Maybe I’ll let you know when I receive it.
Any other word people out there? Have any experience with asking for a specific word from God?