Longing for a season
Updated: Feb 26, 2020
It’s incredible to look back on memories. To see the different seasons we have gone through. To think about the times that we’ve longed to be in the season we are in now. Today a memory popped up of when Casey and I visited Bloomington for the first time, the caption read this, "Feeling very excited to finally have visited the city we will start our lives in 96 DAYS." This reminded me of the many seasons I went through before God brought me to where I am today. I remember the seasons of being single and longing for someone to show affection to me, to be in a relationship and longing to someday having a ring, I think you get the idea. How often do we forget that we are where we once desired to be. I’m learning it’s important to reflect on the old moments, but even moments from the day before. Life is so significant, we cannot let the days go by without remembering everything matters. Everything matters: what we say, think, and do. It matters because what we did in the past or what we do today is setting us up for something in the future.
The mundane can feel so insignificant but it is where growth happens. It’s easy to forget that God is writing our stories right before our eyes. He wants us to lean into Him today and remember that moments come and go. To not get so caught up in what the future may hold but find beauty and joy in this current season. For me, it is hard to find joy in seasons that are confusing or difficult to even be in. How can I see the light of a situation when I don't even see a splinter of hope? I am reminded of James 1:2--4,
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
In moments when we can't comprehend why something has happened or even find the slightest bit of hope, count it all joy. We can count it all joy because as believers, we have Jesus on our side. With Him on our team we know the best is yet to come! I am not saying it is wrong to be frustrated or sad, I am saying that God is using that moment to grow you and remind you to cling to Him. Run to Him in the good and the difficult seasons of life. He is always with us, we just have to turn around and run back to Him.
If you are longing for a season you want to be in, I want to encourage you to reflect and write all God has done for you in your current season. He will bring you to the next, but what He has in store for you right now is special. Cling to sweet Jesus in every season.