EMBRACING YOUR SEASON
Are you frustrated? Stuck? Feel like God isn't answering some of your prayers or your life isn't turning out as planned? Maybe you wanted to marry by 25 or have a kid by 27? Whatever it may be, it's scaring the living daylights out of you! You're worried, you're uneasy, you're always searching and your mind wanders off at times.
Oh Boy! I think I just described myself. (sigh). It happens to the best of us, I'll draw reference to myself here. I'm 22 and I already have wedding plans in my head, the only thing I haven't done is bought a journal to write the details but it's all there in my head. Here is the funny part I have wedding dresses screenshots on my phone. (it's a bit too much for a single person to go this far). I then find myself looking at houses on real estate pages on the internet and getting worked up about how costly they are. Next I want to take lavish trips around the world while still pursuing my studies which already cost a lot. You see my dilemma here?
Now these are things any person can get worked up about . My point is I'm just 22 and I'm getting worried about things that are meant for the future, don't get me wrong it's great to have timelines and have goals but there is a limit to planning for the future and just embracing your season.
Many times I find myself sometimes wanting to hurry through certain seasons in my life to get to the “next best” season. Somewhere in my mind, I can easily begin to create a feeling that where I am right now is not enough. Discontentment cultivates a lie which stems from something deeper.
Sometimes we get carried away by our timelines, without realizing it isn't what God has instore for us. We take the ball and roll with it and when things aren't going our way we have a mental breakdown. (That was/is me)
So how can we relax our little selves and trust God with our current season?
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Each season, in its own way, presents us with mega opportunities to find joy and contentment, even if those seasons occur earlier or later in some parts of our lives. But how do you handle the negative aspects of those seasons?
Every season has its down times, and not all aspects are enjoyable. Springtime is not a season of perfection. The wonder of childhood, the chasing of dreams, or planning for a bright future are all great. But we can misplace our dreams, and some dreams often die. It’s fun to enjoy a garden, but it takes work to cultivate beauty and produce edible food. Not to mention floods, tornadoes, and other natural disasters that nature throws our way.
You may be in the middle of “winter”: a season of testing, or a season of discouragement. And you’re wondering, what’s the purpose? How long will it last? And how am I to handle it in the meantime? Ask and seek God’s purpose in every stage of your life: what goals to set, how to best use your gifts, how to parent, and how to number your days in such a way that brings faithfulness to the surface and pushes disappointment to the background—acknowledging both, but pressing on to give God glory in each season.
Accept imperfection in yourselves and in others. But strive for excellence. There is a difference. God wants us to ask for wisdom. He’s promised to give it to us when we ask (James 1:5-6 NIV). While your understanding of the current situation or season may seem slow in coming, and years may pass (sometimes a lifetime) before God gives you a clue or opens your heart and eyes to receive the truth, He will counsel and guide you, and He will strengthen your relationship with Him, especially as you embrace the next truth. Embrace the seasons of life for what they can be.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 3:8) Remember he never changes although our seasons may change.