Do you ever wish you could just skip a season? For me, I would skip winter. It's dark and cold and I have to fight to find purpose in a season I truly do not enjoy. Seriously, I would not be sad if I did not see a real snowflake again. I can watch a Christmas movie once a year with pretty snowflakes falling and be just fine.
While I do not enjoy winter, I am learning to appreciate it's purpose and beauty. This appreciation does not come naturally to me. I have to work very intentionally to find the good things.
I have found myself in seasons of life where I feel similarly - having to fight to find purpose in a season I do not enjoy and learning to respect the season.
Here are some examples from my own life...
- The newborn sleep-deprived phase of having kids was not really my thing, but it was a necessary season to have these really cool little girls we have (now 2 and 5 yrs).
- Learning to adjust our pace now that we have kids and realizing that there are things we just cannot do in this season.
- Living in Michigan in a challenging climate in which I was chronically sick with sinus infections.
I am learning to respect the seasons. Not in a despairing, mournful way, but with anticipation and expectation. (I do not believe God ordains suffering, but he is certainly the redeemer and purpose-maker of it). I am learning to greet the seasons with Holy Spirit-led vision and expectation. Sometimes it's a season for big things and sometimes for small things. A season for preparation and a season for reaping the benefits of years of faithfulness.
"Sometimes when you're in a dark place you think you've been buried, but actually you've been planted." // Christine Caine
So, in what season do you find yourself right now?
If I had to answer this question, I would say I am in a season of waiting/preparation. I feel like there are 10 different directions I could go, but I hear the Lord saying - " just keep walking." He shows me glimpses of the "big thing" seasons, but right now I'm staying steady.
So if you relate to me in this season, here is a word for you from Zechariah...
The chief purpose of Zechariah was to encourage and motivate God's people to continue the work of rebuilding the temple after a period of exile. In Zechariah 4:10 he says, "Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lordrejoices to see the work begin..."
"Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin..." // Zechariah 4:10
I respect the season of preparation. I respect the season of having young children and the joys and limitations that accompany it. And I'm praying I have the same respect for all seasons to come.