The posts, the tweets, and the Facebook updates are popping up all over. “What’s your WORD for the new year?” and “MY word for the new year is…” It made me think, hmm. A word? I have no idea. Why would you pick a word?
Then I began thinking back over this past year. On many occasions I mentioned in posts about how the Lord has made me really aware of the seasons of life and how they have changed over time. I realize now that my word for 2011, even though I never chose one, was seasons.
This feeling, this awareness, has not lessened for me at all. In fact, I am becoming more and more aware and with this feeling bordering on urgency I have come to my word for 2012: Transition.
Yes, our seasons are changing. Our feelings are changing. And our lives are changing. We have another new grandbaby, a senior in high school/college, and growing boys. There is a possibility we may be moving sometime this year, too. The where hasn’t been decided yet, although we do know the two possible places, but it depends on what E’s boss decides to do with his business expansion. One place is within 45 minutes from here, and the other place is several hours away.
We have also been feeling this season spiritually. Without going into details, I will just say that we are feeling led to look beyond our church. Things have changed drastically there, and we are feeling a bit disconnected. We haven’t attended a small group or Sunday school class in years because we serve in the cafe, and that has been our main ministry for over 7 years. We’ve loved it, but we feel this transitional time and know that the Lord is directing us.
I’ve seen quite a few posts in the blogosphere lately about people leaving churches, or leaving organized church completely. I don’t think that is where we are headed, but I am open to where ever the Lord directs us. Honestly, I just want to have a solid year where no one expects anything from me, where I can just receive. I’ve given just about all I have.
Transition can be scary, but it can also be very liberating.