ENJOY THE NOW
A new season is upon us and changes of all kinds have been taking place around me. People are changing jobs, getting engaged and married, graduating, relocating, and welcoming new babies. With all that is going on, I couldn’t help but to reflect on how my own life is not exactly where I desire for it to be. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been consumed with worry about my future, rushing ahead of God, trying to make things happen on my own, and wondering when God would intervene and answer. But, what I didn’t realize is that I while I was consumed with worry, I was robbing myself of the joy and pleasures that I should be soaking in, during my current season.
For instance, my husband and I would like to be able to have children sooner than later. But, it seems like nothing is in place for that to happen any time soon. It can be discouraging and disheartening. But, while I was so busy, worried about when things would fall in place for us, I was missing the joy and pleasure that is to be found right NOW, while it’s just the two of us, and Jesus. When the time IS finally right, and children do come along, things won’t be the same. We’ve spoken to many couples that have made it clear to us that children are a joy, but finding time to enjoy each other, becomes a challenge after they arrive. So, I decided to sit back and soak in the sweet pleasures of it being just the two of us, and Jesus, until it's time.
Another example is that recently, I’ve been seeking gainful employment. I’ve been extremely consumed with worry, wondering when something would break for me. Not too long ago, I interviewed for a position where the schedule was absolutely crazy. It didn’t provide any work-life balance and my life would have revolved around work. It made me appreciate where I currently am, and helped me to realize that although, I am not where I want to be, I can enjoy the pleasures of what my current position offers me, such as the work-life balance, and a chance to spend time with my husband, friends and family. It helped me to slow down, not rush, and be willing wait for God's best for me.
If there is anything that I learned, while walking with Jesus over the last few years, it’s that, worry doesn’t change anything. It only robs you of the joy that is to be found in your current season. It also robs you of the peace that is found when you place your trust in Jesus. It is not our job to worry about our lives, when God has it all figured out. I know you hear this all that time, but it's true. Not only that, but what concerns us, is also a concern to Jesus. In fact, the Bible says that, our Heavenly Father knows what we need before we even ask, and that He desires to give us good gifts.
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. – Matthew 6:27-32
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! – Matthew 7:11
Secondly, I learned that there is SOMETHING to be gained from each season of your life. God truly knows what each and every individual needs. He takes us all on a unique journey to make sure that we are well prepared spiritually, mentally, and physically for the blessings that He has in store for us. Each season, prepares us for the next. The God that we serve is very strategic. We have to learn to let go of our lives and completely trust Him. A friend of mine reminded of Ecclesiastes 11:5 recently. It says, As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.
I was also reminded of, Luke 12:7, where it says that the very hairs on our heads are numbered.
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. - Luke 12:7
Last time I checked, I had no idea how the body is truly formed in a mother’s womb or the path that the wind takes, and I definitely don’t know how many hairs are on my head. So, there is no way that I could know what is best for me.
I didn’t recognize it right away, but God has been spiritually preparing for the seasons ahead such as motherhood over the past few years. One way He's done this, is by healing me from the pain of past, and changing my perspective of who He is. He knew that in my new season of motherhood that it would not have been good, if I was still carrying that pain with me. So, He took me on a path of healing. He’s also been preparing me for my next position, by teaching me responsibility. In every area and aspect of my life, He’s being teaching me how to completely trust Him, and has been showing me that He is a faithful God. He hears His children when they call, and when He sees fit, He always answers. You don't know what you are experiencing in this current season, that will be valuable to your success in the next. You don't know what you need, but God does. I invite you to trust Him.
I think back to all the times that I was worried, and wasted so much time doing so because God already had it figured out. He already had the answer to everything I was concerned about. Remember that when you are worried, it means that your mind is focused on your problems instead of your solution, who is Jesus. When your focused on your problem it means you're not fully trusting Jesus.
Today, I encourage you to ENJOY your current season. If you want to get married, I encourage you to enjoy the freedom of your single season, and use this time to get closer to Jesus. If you want to move away from your hometown and your family, I encourage you to enjoy the support that you have while living in familiar place. If you want to move out of your parent's home, I encourage you to enjoy the opportunity to save while you're there. If you want a new job, I encourage you to learn all that you can in your current position, and enjoy any other perks that come along with it. I encourage you to diligently seek the King, no matter what season you are in or what you are experiencing, and ask Him what it is that He would like for you to learn and see from where you are right now. I encourage you to slow down, and not rush ahead of the Master.
Things may seem slow to you, and it may seem like God is taking His good old time or like He doesn't even hear you. But, He knows the path of the wind, and the amount hairs that you have on your head. In other words, He know what He’s doing my friend, and He listens to you with an attentive ear. In due time, He WILL Answer. You'll then wonder why you wasted all of your time worrying, instead of soaking in the pleasures of this current season.
I encourage you to place all of your worries, concerns and desires into His hands, and ENJOY THE NOW. It's easier said than done, but when I look back over my life, and think about if God would have answered my prayers, right away and on my time, then I would not be sitting here writing to you today, and this blog site would not exist. Trust Him.