Word of the year: Through

The idea of an annual theme word is not new. It’s just new to me.

Last year, there was a verse that stuck with me all year long, that I came back to time and again as life went through its peaks and troughs.

My soul finds rest in God alone,
And my salvation comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

Psalm 22:1-2

This week, I was reading the most recent Mere Motherhood newsletter, in which the author Cindy Rollins was describing her enchantment with the word ‘remembrance’ over a number of years. ‘It colored all of my thinking for several years and gave me a whole new understanding of life and education. It almost seemed I could spend the rest of my life contemplating remembrance,’ she wrote. She also wrote about how God brought a new word for 2018 to her – ‘peace’ – and about some more oddball choices that she and her friends had made in the past (‘jollification’ or ‘pun’ anyone?).

I have lately been musing on Philippians 4:13, which says ‘I can do all things through him who strengthens me.’ Through. Through. It’s a word which has begun to grip me. What does it mean?

Often, when I pray, I ask God to ‘please help me with such-and-such’. Help me, be alongside me, make the path straight for this good thing. But I think maybe there is so much more to it than that. ‘I can do all things through him who strengthens me.’ We are living and doing through God and he is working through us.

There’s a tremor in me which is growing, telling me to explore this word ‘through’ more deeply, and maybe uncover some of his riches that I had never encountered before.

I find myself thinking, But what about all the other riches? Ah, if only there was time to explore and dwell on every single treasure! It would take more than a lifetime to fully delve in to all the facets of the creator and the creation. That will have to wait until the glorious future. For now, it’s about choosing the best and leaving the good. And I think the best, for now, is to dig in to the Word, and to purposefully contemplate what He’s put on my heart.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

Through. My word for 2018.