So I have done this before. Asking God to show me “one word” for the year. He always blesses me beyond belief when I seek Him and allow Him to speak to my heart through this “one word”. In the past my words have been joy and freedom.
This year my “one word” is LISTEN. And the way in which God confirmed this word has not been my favorite, actually it has been rather painful.
On January 3rd I woke with the worst ear infection I have ever experienced. My ear was in alot of pain and I could not do anything to make it stop. I finally woke my husband up to ask him to help me, which he wanted to, but couldn’t. I didn’t know what to do other than cry. So I cried as I tried to go back to sleep!
The bad part about waking up with this ear infection is that we were 700 miles away from home. We had been visiting family and this was our day to head home to Georgetown. I was not sure if we should stay or go. But I knew my husband had to be back home the next day by 10:30 AM to preach, so we packed the car as we planned, and headed for home.
After my ER visit later that evening, I learned we should have waited. Traveling through rolling hills with a change in elevation and pressure was not good on an ear drum. Actually it is likely what caused mine to burst, which it did later that night. After your ear drum ruptures, in case you have never dealt with this sort of thing, you are completely deaf on one side. And in my case, the pain did not go away.
So back to my “one word”… After I could think clearly again, I began contemplating what God may be trying to teach me through this circumstance. During my quiet time I read the following verse:
Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God,
for to you I pray. Psalm 5:1
So I felt pretty certain that God wanted my “one word” to be LISTEN.
So LISTEN I will. I will LISTEN to His Word each day. I will ask that He LISTEN to me as I pray to Him about all things.
Now three weeks later, I still have this horrible ear infection. My doctor has been great but cannot find an antibiotics that will make this go away. I have tried other treatments and therapies to no avail. So tomorrow I head to see an Ears, Nose and Throat specialist. I am prayerfully hopeful that the ENT will have answers and will be able to bring relief!
But in any case, I will continue to listen!