Seasons of life are so unpredictable.
If you don’t understand what I mean when I say the phrase “seasons of life,” I’ll give you my example.
At the beginning of this year, I lived in Minnesota; hard at work in a Ministry group, intensely praying and selflessly giving, surrounded by community and working in an uplifting environment. Months later, I’d be back in Texas, struggling to understand why I was in Minnesota in the first place. A week later, working at a job in my hometown that I’ve dreamed of while growing up. Beginning a new relationship that I was not expecting, but welcomed with open arms. A month later, quarantined inside my house, afraid that I would have to survive on cans of soup and limited communication with my grandma. Fast-forward to mask-living and distancing. I started a blog. I drifted from my faith and struggled in all areas that pertained to religion. I began trying to figure out what my next steps were in life. I painted a desk in my room. I kept trying to figure out what my next steps were in life. I got tired of living with my parents. I searched harder. I got tired of my hometown. More research. I figured out I wanted to go back to school. I figured out what I wanted to study. I made some moves and made some plans for my future. And now, I’m in my room and I’m typing this on my newly painted desk that wasn’t green before, because it too, had its season.
Every single one of these parts of my year, I consider a season. A time and point in my life that was different than the one before and the one after. And every single one of these parts of my year I consider necessary.
And as much as I haven’t wanted to be in certain seasons, I have learned that I cannot live my life fully if I’m not embracing every single one of them.
As human beings, of different ages and different surroundings and different lives and different plans, it is so so so SO important that we understand and heed to the fact that every season we live through is important for the person that we are. I can guarantee you that you are not going to go through your season without it being meaningful.
I don’t like the seasons that hurt. If you know me, you understand that I’m a pretty happy-go-lucky person, and when things are shaky and uneven, I prefer to act like that’s not where I’m at. (Example time.) In the past month, when I’ve been unmotivated to continue this blog and didn’t know what to write about, I didn’t want to be in that season of life. When I fall back on a past self-deprecating mindset and feel disgusted with my body or my thoughts, I don’t want to be in that season. In those times when I’ve been rude with people or gossiped or acted on a temptation or cannot hear the voice of the Lord, no part of me desires those seasons. But in all reality, if I’m not embracing those moments as well as the good ones, then I’m losing opportunity to be present and to learn from them.
Let’s be so real; life is meant for seasons. We have to experience changes in life if we want to experience life. The biggest and most beautiful way that we can live abundantly through our seasons of life is if we embrace them with joy and gratitude instead of approaching them with questions and distrust. There is more than likely no way that we can deflect our seasons of life, so instead, we have to learn how to take them how they are and try to gain something from them.
Parents are getting divorced? A season.
Graduating high school and you don’t know what to do next? A season.
A tragedy? A season.
A birth? A season.
A literal season change? A season.
Stuck in a depressed mindset and can’t seem to get out of it? A season.
Feeling overjoyed? A season.
Not dating? A season.
Jobless? A season.
I have been a little MIA lately. I’ve been busy at work and I’ve been busy with my family and building my future and growing my relationship. And maybe some of you have or haven’t noticed that I haven’t written anything in a long time; (my loves, I’m sorry). BUT, more than feel guilty about lagging on my blogging, I get to express to you that I’ve been busy having to embrace other things in life that I need to focus on in this season, no matter how important this site is for me and you. I needed to embrace my season.
My friends, wherever you are is where your meant to be. Don’t rush to get out of where you are, because you more than likely will miss an opportunity in front of you that’s meant to get you to the next step.
“There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under heaven…”