Last December, upon entering 2017, I did an exercise where I came up with a word I wanted 2017 to be centered on, and that word was support. My aim was to seek more support for myself and to be a bigger support to others. Looking back on this year, I can confidently see how I received remarkable support from the strongest friends in my life and how I provided support for many others.
2017 brought a lot of movement and change in my life. Moving from Texas to South Carolina and now to Tennessee has been a big adventure. One I am incredibly grateful for, but one that has left me exhausted. It feels like I’m floating sometimes, and that I never really know where my home is. It feels like as soon as I begin to invest in a people and a place, I move away and have to start again, which can become very draining. All this change has led me to cry out for some stability and rhythm in my life more than ever. It has led me to worship and crave “home” more than ever before and this idea of home being people and a place that doesn’t leave my life.
The other week at work, we spent a day focused on our strengths and learning more about ourselves. One of my strengths is connectedness, which means that I naturally view life in a holistic way, trusting that everything happens for a reason. When we received our strengths, it also listed a “caution” for someone with these strengths. Well, for connectedness, my caution statement read:
Need to find grounding – that person, place or thing that serves as an anchor.
Ah ha, so that’s why I’ve struggled so much this year with all the change. I’ve lacked grounding and consistency. I certainly have not felt “anchored” down to any person, place, or thing in 2017. Well, I still will be traveling constantly for my job in the next few months so I have got to re-discover my grounding for 2018.
What’s funny is that deep down, I know exactly what this anchor is. I have just been choosing to ignore it and not cling to it as tightly as I can…
That grounding, that anchor…
what is it for me?
What is it for YOU?
So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.
We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. ~Hebrews 6: 17-19
My God and His unchangeable character and promises are my grounding, my safe and secure anchor for my soul. In the midst of all my change, my true anchor is the hope I have that God will fulfill His promises for me. That He will never leave me or forsake me. That He is with me each and every day no matter what person, place, or thing is not. This strength tells me to cling to Jesus, and I think it’s pretty stinkin cool that He would reveal this conviction to me in this way.
So what’s my new word for 2018? You guessed it — GROUNDING. With a new year inevitably comes some uncertainty and temptation to fear, but I will not let that hinder me. My prayer is that I would have stronger trust in my grounding for 2018 and all the years to come. This hope I can cling to is not changing, it is safe and secure and I can plant my feet solidly in that peace each day no matter what comes my way.