2021: A Year in Review

Did we ever mention our “Word of the Year” for 2021? You know how some people pick an inspirational word to help guide them through the year… it’s often something like momentum or surrender or simplify and it’s the word that marks each choice or decision point throughout the year.

We’ve never actually picked a word of the year (we prefer Imaginings, based on Ephesians 3.20), but in 2021, we found ourselves using the word pivot at least once a week:

When we moved to Tennessee in January and found out unexpectedly that we had French classes at the same time once a week but had no one to watch the kids. Pivot.

Or when Clara broke her toe and we had to use a morning date time to take her to Urgent Care while Ruth and Hudson stayed with the sitter. Pivot.

Or when we had to quarantine for two weeks right when we arrived in Quebec and had to do our first ever online grocery order for delivery in French… with a credit card we weren’t sure would work. Pivot.

So we unofficially adopted the word pivot as our word of the year.

But what I have come to love about the word pivot is that it has three different key meanings:

  1. A person or thing on which something depends; the central or crucial factor
  2. The act of turning on a pivot
  3. A dramatic change in policy, position, or strategy

Each of our pivots this year – large as small – have depended on Christ redirecting our family. Each pivot was because He revealed something new to us, showed us a yet unknown opportunity, or opened a door we thought to be closed. He was at the center. He was the pivot point around which we turned. And while some of those pivots turned into pretty dramatic changes (hello, moving to new states and new countries!), each one was done in the confidence of Psalm 139:

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens,you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

God met us at each pivot. He beat us there because He was the pivot itself.

We have no idea what 2022 will bring (but we’re starting to imagine some things). And whether we end up pivoting a lot or not, we can boldly and prayerfully march into the new year knowing that God is already there.

Happy New Year, friends. May God guide you and keep you in 2022 and always.

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