‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light’ (Genesis 1:1-3, NIV)
It is so fitting to start the year off by reading Genesis 1, don’t you think? It is not only the beginning of the universe as we know it, but also the story of every beginning, including that of a new year.
Every year is a mystery. It comes enshrouded in darkness for we can’t yet see what the future holds. For some people the idea of a new year is too much to bear. Sorrow, worry, disappointment and fear overwhelm those who only see the darkness of an uncertain future. But for those of us who know Christ, we know that such uncertainty is only the genesis of God’s master plan for our year.
You see, one word from God changes everything! The world was dark and empty before God spoke, but once he opened his mouth, nothing was ever the same. Into the thick darkness of the earth he said, "Let there be light," and there was light! Now he could begin the creating process. Soon animals, trees, plants, water, sky, stars, and planets would come to life… but it all started with one word from God.
At the onset of this new year, don’t focus on the darkness, the emptiness or even the uncertainty you may feel inside. Wait for a word from God. Sit quietly before him in thanksgiving and prayer until he speaks into your situation, ‘Let there be light!’ When he does speak, the light will shine and the creating process will begin.
God has great things in store for you this year. Let him lead in 2012. Let him speak direction and wisdom before you take on the next 365 days. Think about it… If one word from God was enough to create the universe that surrounds us, won’t a word from him be sufficient to guide you into victory this year?
‘By your words I can see where I'm going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path’ (Psalm 119:105, MSG).
- Mercy Alarid is the Creative Arts Pastor of Passion Church. Mercy has a Master's degree in Education. Mercy is a member of the faculty of Central New Mexico Community College, where she is an instructor in the Education department. Mercy has been married to Brian for 17 years and they reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico with their 3 children: Chloe, Colin, and Lauren.