After a trip to moms where plates of fried cabbage and bowls of black-eyed peas were served to ensure our health and prosperity for the New Year (yes, I live in the south), I now sit here as the New Year rolls in.
A new year.
A fresh start.
There’s something about the excitement of the new, though also a fear that rings. After weeks and days of praying, seeking, and searching for direction and goals to run toward this 2012 year, I’m left wondering.
Are these my goals?
Are they the Lord’s?
Are they attainable?
Are they reasonable?
Are they real?
As I make decisions spurring me on to be the leader that God has set within me, there’s an awakening. An awakening where at the core there’s anticipation. And through the anticipation there’s still a deeper question.
A question I seem to continue to throw back at God continually.
And just maybe it is a question you are asking too . . .
Am I capable?
It’s then through the noisy fireworks, the laughter, and the countdown of the last 2011 day that I’m reminded that God speaks in the smallest of voices as He whispered to me a few days ago, “Ask Me.” And so all those questions that haunted me, that slowed me, and have frustrated me I laid before Him.
Then in that still small voice (that inward voice that grips your soul) through Zechariah 4 I heard the Lord say, “The place where I’m calling you will not be entered by force, nor by strength, BUT by my loving Spirit. You are not to despise these small beginnings, but STOP and rejoice that you have opportunity to begin. Through your beginnings I can do great things. Begin and then give it to Me.”
As we enter 2012, are you feeling incapable of the goals you’ve set forth for the new year? Oh my heart feels you.
If you’re still left questioning, wondering, and really wanting to back down, I think, just maybe, the Lord is whispering to you too. Please treasure and borrow the precious whispers the Lord gave me and remember . . .
Through your ever so small beginnings He can do great things.