Monday, February 24, 2014

The Tsunami Created My 2014 OneWord

Thanksgiving 2013.

Suddenly.

Unsuspecting. 

Totally unprepared. 

A phone call came out of nowhere which released a tsunami wave that hit me full force and swept me away in it's torrents. 

Treading water with no land in sight.

Exhausted.

Shaken.

All that I am, all that I was, drowned.

Gone.

A shell of my former self remains treading these torrential waters. 

No “soon-to-be-rescued” is in sight.

Life-altering changes. 

Fear of the unknown is a constant torment.

So, what could possibly be my OneWord for 2014?  I didn’t have to give it much thought. My word seemed to settle in my being quite naturally.  I guess The Holy Spirit knew before I did and planted His Word for me in my heart. 

Naturally.

Effortlessly.

“Celebrated” repeatedly echoed around me.  

Seems He wants me to receive, in the natural, the celebration that is continually going on over my life in the spirit realm. 

The Lord your God in your midst - The Mighty One, will save;

He will rejoice over you with gladness,

He will quiet you with His love,

He will rejoice over you with singing.
    ~ Zeph. 3:17

Years ago, I heard this quote: "Don't stay where you are tolerated.  Go where you are celebrated."  So, as this violent tsunami wave begins to rescind, I’m going to focus on a journey of discovery.

A journey of self-celebration.

To be “celebrated” in the here and now. 

To be "celebrated" even in the midst of this raging onslaught of waves of destruction.

Celebrated!

No images come to mind.  I have no idea of what being “celebrated” in the natural looks like.  I do know that the wave that hit left me covered in filth and debris. 

Exposed.

Naked.

Oh, so vulnerable.

Celebrated?  

The word itself scares me. 

So, I don’t have a clue how my OneWord - “celebrated" - will play out in my life.  But, I have a feeling that somehow - in the way only God can do - “celebrated” will be my life raft.

I extend my hand to you and invite you along on this journey of self-celebration through this year as I start writing once again.

Right now, I can't even begin to imagine what Diane being "celebrated" will look one year from now, when I've moved onto a new OneWord for 2015. I am ever so grateful to my LORD that my OneWord from2012 – “Extravagant Love” – and my OneWord from 2013 - "Friend (to Jesus)" - truly and powerfully remains intact. 


Regardless of the tsunami. 

And if other waves keeping hitting me, hopefully, "Celebrated" will remain intact as well.

What is your 2014 OneWord?  Please share with me.

Because of Him and Unto Him,