How to love the season of life God has you
(Even when it’s tough)
When I was a little girl, I would play grown up. I remember in middle school desperately wanting to be older and be in high school and when I was in high school I couldn’t wait till I was old enough to graduate and move onto college. I’ve always been so impatient to get to the next step of my life, and now that I am in college I am convinced that it will all be so much easier after graduation when I have the degree and job that I want and I am already looking forward to that day.
When I was younger my parents would take my sister and I out on summer nights to go for a drive and for ice cream. The car ride to a few towns over to our favorite ice cream shop always felt so long but I never wanted it to end. I loved riding in my dad’s jeep with the windows down, and the warm air. I would just enjoy ride wishing it would never end. I wasn’t impatient to get there, I just loved the roads we took and the memories we made getting there.
The older I get the more I realize how important it is to stop rushing things and not be in such a hurry to get to the next stage. Life passes us by so quickly and God has us exactly where we are meant to be at this point in time. Life is always changing and each day and before we realize it we are on the way to the next stage of life, but it is not only about where we are going but the people we become along the way.
No matter what season of life God has you in, there will be bumpy roads and rough days. I know one thing for sure is things don’t always go as planned, but they always follow God’s plan for your life. Things may be completely thrown off track from what you expect, or might take longer then you hoped but just know that those times are helping you become who God is creating you to be. You might cry because things don’t go your way and you find yourself in situations you don’t know how you got into. You might wish you had a better job, a slimmer waist, better grades or whatever it may be. Life is never going to feel perfect, even when you get all the things you pray for there will still be hard times ahead.
When I was 10, I got cancer and my life was thrown completely upside down and a lot of my plans and schooling got delayed. But with that hardship and delayed plans God’s plan took over and guided my life where he planned for me to go. So no matter what bump might hit your road, trust that God has a plan and will steer you in the direction he sees your life going in.
You might be like me, always looking ahead trying to get to the next season of life or maybe you watch someone else’s life and wish you were in their season. We have all been there, wishing things were different and comparing ourselves to other people.
Life has bumpy roads and difficult days we all face. No one has a perfect life, every goes through their own pain and trials. In the pain and the season of waiting there is beauty in the transformation and the way God can sculpt you into who he wants you to become.
Maybe the key to everyone waiting for the next season of life and uneasy with what they are experiencing is that maybe we should slow down. Take time off our phones and be present in the moment. Remember that God has us where we are meant to be and when the next season comes, we will be grateful for the ones we endured before it. The times when we wait or compare are times when we transform and learn lessons that need to be taught. It’s not about getting to the next big thing, but appreciating today and focusing on what is in front of us now. God is able to change us and heal us when we show our brokenness and cry out to him.
So my tip fro enjoying today is this
When you catch yourself wishing for the next season of life, pray for thankfulness of all the thing you have today. Be thankful for the friends in your life, the family that surrounds you and everything, even the stuff that challenges you! Remember hard times produce perseverance and make us more bold in our faith.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything James 1:2-4 New International Version (NIV)