Picking a word for the year has been a most compelling journey over the years. It’s interesting to see where it shows up, and how it applies to life right in the moment.
It usually slips in so quietly one can hardly notice it at all. It’s what happened just the other day.
Each morning I read portions of Scripture from The Revised Common Lectionary (< link).It was this portion earlier this week which grabbed my attention:
“The congregation in Antioch was blessed with a number of prophet-preachers and teachers:
Barnabas, Simon, nicknamed Niger, Lucius the Cyrenian, Manaen, an advisor to the ruler Herod, Saul. One day as they were worshiping God – they were also fasting as they waited for guidance—the Holy Spirit spoke: “Take Barnabas and Saul and commission them for the work I have called them to do.”So they commissioned them. In that circle of intensity and obedience, of fasting and praying, they laid hands on their heads and sent them off.” (Acts 13:1-3, MSG)
The church at Antioch spent time in worship and prayer and fasting, seeking God’s will. They bowed low before Him, in obedience, as they waited for His direction. This was both an individual and corporate time of prayer.
And the Lord spoke to them and guided them.
This early church prayed and fasted in order to understand exactly what the Lord would have them to do. How should they move forward? Who were they to send out into the mission field? They did not rely on their own understanding, intelligence, preferences, or wisdom.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NASB)
I wonder what would happen if we did just that – fasted and waited for guidance. If we didn’t rush our decisions?
May we wait for guidance from the Lord and not rush our decisions.
When we listen for His voice, He will keep on the right track – His.
This time of year our thoughts turn towards thanksgiving and gratitude. We all have much for which to be grateful. Gratitude is intentional, and it is amazing, when we intentionally focus on gratitude, we discover just how much we have been given. In her post, More Gratitude Jar Ideas for This Autumn Season, Lynn Simpson shares her lovely gratitude jar and her sweet ideas.
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.