The week between Christmas and New Years is a time of reflection for many people.
As 2015 comes to a close, I’ve been pondering all my experiences over the past year.
+ All the goals I’ve accomplished, both professional and personal.
+ All the things God has taught me and how my faith has grown.
+ All the memories I made with my family that will be my legacy.
Sometimes people have a word they apply to an entire year. I’ve never done that before, and frankly, I always thought it was for people who were super spiritual.
But last January, God told me 2015 would be my personal year of jubilee.
I had no idea what that meant. I only knew this concept from the Bible had to do with freeing slaves. I was even hesitant to claim it for myself, since I had never applied one word to a year of my life before.
But it soon became clear that God wanted to teach me something.
In the beginning, I didn’t understand what He wanted from me. All my attention went into saving my marriage. I felt like it was simply a promise from God that He would free me from the oppression of a difficult situation at home.
But now I see it was so much more than that.
As the months went by, I began to understand exactly how God wanted to set me free. And how He used the struggles in my marriage to bring things to my attention.
This year I did some research on more details about the Year of Jubilee set by God in the Bible.
What was God’s objective – was it merely to free people from oppression? I learned the point of jubilee was not just to liberate those in bondage. He told them not to work the fields, but to rest. Debts were canceled and people were sent back to their families.
It was also a symbol of when Jesus reigns as King over all, and the peace and blessing we will experience! He’ll bring judgement on those who reject Him and restoration to those who seek Him.
Sometimes slaves live in a situation so long that they don’t realize how bad it really is until they experience liberty.
For my personal year of jubilee, God meant for me to be set free from those things I didn’t realize were holding me in bondage. God wanted to free me from:
+ wrong standards and expectations others had placed on me
+ wrong standards and expectations I had placed on myself and others
+ wrong labels others had put on me that I had accepted as my own
+ wrong labels I believed about myself, or believed about others
But He didn’t want to simply bring liberty. He also wanted me to rest and see the truth of who I really am. I am not who I feel I am in a certain moment, nor am I who others tell me I am.
Only God defines me, and He wanted me to rest this year in my true identity as His daughter.
I have no idea what word God may give me for next year, but for today, as I reflect on all God has done in my life, I’m grateful that He granted me a personal year of jubilee.
What about you? What have you been reflecting on this week?