I've often had this happen. Usually at the beginning of the year, God puts one word on my heart for the year. One year it was the word temporary scaffolding - that we were to be scaffolding for the people we were around and that it wasn't a permanent situation. Another year it was family - and I knew that year I was to concentrate on spending time with our family.
I've been praying that God would put a word on my heart for 2013 and the word that came to mind was roots. Not exactly the word I wanted to hear. Roots are painful for me. I long for them but it is agonizing not to travel, and you can't put down roots if you're moving around. Some plants put down shallow temporary roots, others put down longer, deeper ones that take longer to develop.
We've been here five years now and much as we would like to travel around, it seems as though we are entering a new phase of our lives, one where our roots are becoming deeper, getting stretched and burrowing. I'm not sure if I like this word but I trust that it will turn out to be one of unexpected blessing and a source of great delight.
Do you have a word for 2013?