Yield: to surrender or submit oneself to another; relinquish. I’ve decided that this will be the word that I focus on in 2020; It’s one that speaks on so many levels and can be applied to life in a few different ways. Yielding can indicate slowing down, pausing, taking a break, giving up control, or trusting our plans to someone else.
For those of us that drive, we are familiar with the yield sign. When we come across these signs, we don’t have to make a complete stop, but in order to continue moving forward, we are required to pause and wait for what is already taking place. Similarly, I want 2020 to be a year where I take a second to pause and wait to see what plans God has already set in motion. I can make a bunch of plans and work super hard, but if I’m only operating out of my strength, it’s all for nothing. To go along with my word for the year, I chose my scripture for the year out of Psalm 127:1-2
Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
We could be doing all these things, and yet still be doing nothing. Yielding to God’s plan causes us to save energy. Instead of working tirelessly in our own strength, we do what we can do and let him handle all of the other things that we can’t do. Yielding is a reminder to rest in His care. The ultimate test of faith – giving up control and trusting that He’s got it.
In this next year, I want for all of my goals to be impossible for me to achieve...on my own at least. If I can accomplish all of my dreams and goals by myself, then there’s no reason to rely on anyone else. I’m making plans, but yielding to God’s plan above all else.
If you haven’t made any goals or chosen a word for the year, you should. 2020 can only be as great as we expect it to be.
Thanks for reading,