I WAITED for the truck,
positioned myself near a window
not to miss it,
heard the brakes,
beat the delivery man to the door,
signed for the package,
tore open the box.
Do I come to a new year
with that much enthusiasm?
even though there’s so much left part-done,
started and put aside,
forgotten or almost so,
piling up in hidden places.
Do I really need to take on something new?
But I was reading again just yesterday
“In the beginning God created…
and the earth was formless.”
And the word ‘formless’ jumped off the page at me.
“Just like some of my things,” I said.
In need of shaping.
And the words hung there in my thoughts a while.
What is it that’s formless?
Can I be specific about that?
I know exactly what my undone stuff is.
You know yours?
‘Cause if God can take what’s formless
and make heaven and earth,
imagine what He can do with all my formless this-and-that.
And perhaps 2012 will be the year of the formless,
of the formless taking shape.
I have named those things
and am going after them
the way I lurched for that door
to receive the package and open it.
I’m opening 2012.
The best words I saw
that helped me filter my thoughts
came from Jon Acuff,
“What are you going to FINISH in 2012?”
Yes, I declare 2012 the year of the formless things taking shape! 🙂