One Word: 2017

Thursday, January 05, 2017

September 10, 2010

I am a sun chaser. My favorite place is the beach and if I disappear on a sunny day, all you need to do is to hunt for the patch of sun that I'm basking in. Come February's warmest days, you'll find me camped out in some spot of sun with sweatshirt and blanket and book, pen, and paper. It'll be cold. People will think I'm crazy, but I cannot get enough.

By the time summer rolls around, you'll find me looking for any excuse to get outside. I have quiet times out there. I garden. I go for walks. I'll do my afternoon reading or writing on the patio. I am even known to take naps out in the yard. There are few things I enjoy more than turning my face to the sun and feeling its rays warm me right to my core.

That said, my word for 2017 managed to catch me by surprise. I had a few words rolling around in my mind and the one that I ended up with was not one of them. I've been reading Andrew Murray's book "Waiting on God" along with whatever chapter(s) of Scripture he references each day. On Day 16, Murray compared waiting on God with keeping watch for the first rays of the morning light. God is a God of LIGHT and His light is always shining. I know this to be true. As I read Murray's words they resonated with me because of my love for the sun.

Psalm 130:5-6 says, "I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, And in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning; I say, more than they that watch for the morning."

We all know what it is to watch for the morning light. It chases away darkness and doubt and fear and gloom and troubles and so many things. The morning light brings with it hope and peace and a brand new day. I'm not exactly sure what events surrounded the writing of Psalm 130, but I'm pretty confident that it was times of trouble. I've been talking with several different people about salvation lately. They've all wrestled with seasons of wondering if they were ACTUALLY saved. Two of them have made it through those times. They can't explain what happened, but they both said that God changed things. I would sum up their words by saying that the light of God shined in their souls.

Murray puts it this way, "Just as the sun shines its beautiful, life giving light on and into our earth, so God shines into our hearts the light of His glory, of His love, in Christ His son. Our heart is meant to have that light filling and gladening it all the day."

If you haven't guessed yet, my word for 2017 is BASK. By the last day of December, I had settled on it and I've already been seeing the theme pop up again and again. I need to wait on God and trust that He rules over all things. I need to believe Him and stay in His word. By His Spirit, my soul will be full of the joy and peace that come from His light. God is light. By His light do we see and live and walk.

I want 2017 to be a year of savoring these truths. I want to receive from Him and respond with praise. I want the times when darkness threaten to undo me to become times when I learn to look to Him knowing that His light IS there. I want to glow with the beauty of His presence and the proof that my hope is in Him alone. I want it to be said of me that I am nurtured by Him and the light He shines on His people. I will need to pray. I will need to reflect often on His goodness and His character.

I look forward to the cloudy days when His sun shines. I long for my soul to be nourished by His light just the way my body is nourished by the sun on my skin. As I could lay there in its warmth for hours at a time, so I long for 2017 to be the year where I am continually basking in God's warmth.

May I learn from the flowers and the trees and the grass and the animals and even my own soul. As Murray says on page 83, "They do nothing [to keep the sun shining on them], they simply bask in the sunshine when it comes."

And it always comes. As Alice likes to remind me, "The sun is always shining, even when we can't see it."

Have you picked a word for 2017?


  1. I love love love your 2017 word, Victoria!! What a great reminder to bask in the light of "the Father of Lights" (James 1:17) even when the clouds seem to get in the way. His light will shine and we can rest and savor the warmth of His brilliant light. My 2017 word is quality. I want to be intentional in having quality time with those I love most, especially my husband. I tend to get into productivity mode and will often choose quantity over quality. It may look good on paper with all my to-dos checked off and more books read in an year than ever before, but the reality is that I didn't have a lot of depth and quality through my race for getting it all done. Instead, I want to slow down and be intentional and focused on what matters, giving quality time to the important things and cutting out things that aren't as important or just waste time.

  2. My word is Change...but I think I like your word better. :) Great post!

  3. I LOVE your word! What an initial thing to hold on to throughout this year. I look forward to hearing updates on how you are basking in God's goodness all throughout the year.

  4. This is beautiful!

  5. That is such a beautiful word. I have been waiting on God for my word too and I thought it might never come but then the other day I decided it should be :trust.
    Trust God that all things will work together for good.

  6. I don't think I've ever heard anyone pick that word as their word for the year, so way to go! It makes me like it even more ;) And it makes perfect sense. And what a beautifully written post, as always!

  7. I looove your choice for your 2017 word. What an awesome reminder of how we need to live. My pastor preached on Light for our Christmas service this year and it was an awesome image in my mind...Most of us have been taught that Jesus is the Light of the world, but honestly, I've just said the phrase. Never really thought heavily about it...but when we think about how dark the world is, LIGHT is everything for us! It shows us the beauty that still exists and it guides us to where we need to go. May we all bask in the Light this year and always. Beautiful post! <3

  8. SUCH A GOOD WORD. Okay, I've got all those caps out of my system. :)

    But seriously, I love the meaning behind this word and how it not only applies to life with the sunshine, but with the Son who brings light and hope when it feels and seems the darkest. I cannot wait to see the light you find this year and share with us!


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