I climbed out of the car, sweaty and cranky.
The sun beat down on me as I wrestled my 10 month old out of her car seat and carried her into school to pick up my son.
Earlier that week, Fall had poked it’s head in— luring me into pulling out my stowed away leggings, boots and infinity scarves with it’s brisk and beautiful sixty degree weather. I happily obliged, donning cool-weather clothes for the first time after months and months of shorts and tees.
It was awesome...For about a day.
Sadly, Fall decided it wasn’t quite ready for its grand entrance. It waved and moved on, leaving me feeling bamboozled…and hot.
I’ve lived in Georgia my entire life and, of all people, I should remember how the weather works around here (it’s crazy, people). Instead, year after year I make the same mistake.
Why? Because I LOVE Fall (Who doesn’t?)
By the time September hits I am beyond exasperated with 90 degree temps, flip-flops and sweat, and I’m ready for a new season.
Recently I’ve come to realize it’s the same struggle I face when it comes to the seasons of my life...
There are so many times that I want to be in that next season— I see it’s coming, I know it’s going to be good. And I. can’t. wait.
The problem is my desired timing is different from God’s perfect timing and the hard truth is that I need to learn to feel my surroundings and be aware of my present season.
The present season—
Not the past season,
Not the future season,
I need to be content with what’s in front of me right now.
Not desperately trying to hold onto something that God has told me to release.
Not overly-anxious to jump into the “next thing.”
Instead, What does God desire for me right now?
The sad truth is this: Over the years, I’ve missed out on enjoying so many seasons of my life because I was too preoccupied with either the past or future seasons. Instead of enjoying the last few sun kisses of summer I spend my days hot and flustered.
How many times have I expressed wishes that one of my kids would outgrow a certain stage, not understanding that one day I would grieve the loss of their babyhood as they grew in independence?
How many times have I complained to God about changes I didn’t like, or feel ready for, instead of trusting that He had my best interest in mind?
How many times have I prayed for a new season to come, then realized later I would not have been ready for it had God given me what I wanted?
As I learn to trust God with the seasons of life, here are three things I’m learning to keep in mind:
All seasons are necessary— Each one making way for the next.
I will enjoy some seasons more than others— But that doesn’t make the less-enjoyable ones bad.
I must embrace the new, and I must let go of the old— refusing to let go of a past season will make me miss out on fully savoring the current season.
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of wishing and rushing my life away. I want to be a woman who understands and truly relishes in her current season— a woman who deeply trusts her loving, omniscient God who has it all in His hands.
Won’t you join me?
Even if you're in winter, enjoy the stillness and remember that it will not last forever because spring, along with its new life is just around the corner. Let’s draw near to God, feel our surroundings and make peace with our present right now.
Word of the Day
"He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding..." Daniel 2:21
Father, I pray that you will reveal to me any areas of my life where I am living in the past or longing for the future instead of enjoying the “now.” Take the little bit of trust I have and grow it into something great. Thank you that you are writing my story for your glory— and you know what’s best. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Author: Katie Gibson