“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:1-5
Last time we asked ourselves several questions. What do I need in my life to be who or what I need to be? What needs to go from my life? What’s in my way?
Contrary to what you might think, you don’t have to chase after your word or feel stressed at the thought of trying to choose your word. This is not something over which to lose sleep. After you have prepared your heart, you are ready to simply look-up to the Creator. You don’t have to force it, or add it as another check-mark on your to-do list of things to get done this week.
Last week we talked about un-plugging. This week we plug-in. We are not, however, plugging back into technology, but rather to prayer. It does not matter how you you pray, whether you do it by kneeling before bed with your hands folded, head bowed, eyes closed, or whether you meditate during Yoga class, or by simply talking to God while in the shower or taking a walk or driving to work or school…it is the time you spend in prayer that is important.
When you are praying, ask God to take control. WARNING: THIS IS DIFFICULT! OK, so asking God to take control is actually easy. Look, I’ll do it right here: “God, please take control.” Yep, I said those words out loud as I typed them. Now comes the difficult part. Actually allowing God to have that control. Anybody who knows me can tell you that I like to have control. I like order. I like organization. I make lists of the lists I need to make (no, seriously, I do that). I like to see things through and make sure that they get done, usually the way I want them done. But it is so very important to remember that we are asking God what it is that is wanted for us. What does God want to do in and through us?
This process is not about picking a word that might be good for us by our own standards. It’s about receiving the word that is meant for us to live into and share with others. The key phrase here is: Get a God word, not just a good word! (picture that being said with a cheesy grin)
SO: Homework for those of you playing the home version of our game: Take a piece of paper. Draw a heart on it. Get somewhere quiet. Take five minutes of silence to talk AND LISTEN to God. Ask what it is that God would have you know about your One Word journey and write down in the heart anything that comes to you. It might be a prayer, a few phrases, a picture, maybe your word will come to you this week, but whatever it is, take a few moments this week and reflect on what you see in your heart (your paper one and your actual one). Start making connections between your answers from last week’s questions and this week’s meditations.
Have a blessed week. Be well and love one another.
***Information and lesson plan taken from “One Word” by Gordon, Britton, and Page