I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I ask God for a word that will keep me focused on what he has for me that year. On the first day of 2017, he gave me my word:
I like that alignment is a noun. It’s tangible, yet not something you can reach out and touch. You can’t hold it in your hands, but you know it’s powerful — much like faith, which was my word in 2016.
Last year, I stretched out wide and long in my faith. I stepped out of my comfort zone and trusted God in big ways and watched him move. This week, I curled up warm and cozy, on my friend Faith’s couch with a big cup of coffee that lasted more than four hours. I love that she is like me. We don’t do surface chat; a cup of coffee feels more like a long (and much-needed) spiritual therapy session.
As we hunkered in, with the rain washing the outdoors fresh for the new year, our conversation washed our souls new. We settled on variations of one topic for most of the time: ambition.
Both of us are late in our 30s with families and careers underway, so we each have had time to realize worldly ambitions leave you with a longing that can’t be quenched. The two of us agreed that the only ambition we wanted to have for the rest of our lives is to know Jesus and to follow him.
As we filtered the cries of bickering children who have met the end of their good behavior rope on the last day of winter break, we moved to the kitchen for a nibble and a shift in conversation. As we wrestled through what it looks like to really follow Jesus, we each started to share about times when we have heard from God. When I say “heard from God,” I mean God revealed something to our spirits that no human could know on their own.
We may not have made any resolutions that morning-turned-afternoon, but we did have a revelation. When we heard from God, we questioned ourselves. We immediately defaulted to the idea that God only talked to people in the Bible — and who are we that he would talk to us? This default made us fearful to share what God had revealed to us.
Ladies, as my chat with my dear friend unfolded, God revealed to me that he is looking for boldness. God is looking for women whom he can work through to accomplish his will. I don’t want to be a woman who just loves God and seeks him for myself. I want to find him and come into alignment with him so that he can work through me for his glory.
I looked up the word alignment; take a gander and then I will break it down.
arrangement in a straight line, or in correct or appropriate relative positions
a position of agreement or alliance
So, if I put God in his proper place of reverence and put me in my proper place of seeking him in all I do, then I will be in a place of agreement with God, which then makes him my ally.
I don’t mean to make this a Webster Dictionary promo but just look at the definition of ally: Combine or unite a resource or commodity with (another) for mutual benefit.
That means God does his part to bring Heaven down and I do my part to share that with the world. That means God brings the power and I bring the obedience. That means he speaks to me and I boldly share what he’s said. That means I don’t just love God, but I invite him to work through me. We are allies; we roll together.