As we transition from winter into spring I find myself realizing the season of change in my life and in the lives around me. While my heart rejoices in the return of spring. The beautiful flowers, warm sun, warmer days, and even the rain. Sometimes my heart isn’t as joyful for the changes of seasons in the lives around me.
Sometimes it’s because the circumstances are sad in themselves-like a friend of mines recent divorce. Sometimes it’s simply because of the place I’m in while it seems others are moving on to the next phase of their lives. It’s hard to be 26 and single. All the while it seems like everyone is getting married and having babies. I have felt like because I’m not in the marrying and having babies season that I was stuck in perpetual “winter” season of life. But is that really a correct perspective? Should I be holding on to the “some day you’ll be married. Just be patient.” Because let’s face it, no where does God actually promise that. Plus, if I leave it like that then I’m in the winter mode just trying to survive until the spring season (marriage) comes.
So how should I be viewing this seemingly awkward time of life? Well, first I’m not in winter! Woot woot! So I am in spring…it’s just a different spring than some of my friends. My spring is fillied with learning how to rely on God for my provider and comforter. It’s about seeking what He has for me in life and following the dreams He has placed on my heart. It’s about endless possibilities of whole heartedly running after God and serving Him! It’s about figuring out who I am in this new time in life and not defining myself by anyone or thing other than Christ.
In short this time in my life is terrifying at times, but ultimately really exciting! It’s full of the color of new possibilities, dreams, and adventures! I’m able to really seek where God would have me and if He’d call me to the other side of the world tomorrow it would be a whole lot easier in this season of my life to go! After all the Bible does say in 1 Corinthians 7:8 “So I say to those who aren’t married and to widows—it’s better to stay unmarried, just as I am.”
It’s a journey for sure. And I’m not always going to be all like “yay! Another wedding, another baby!” But when I have those moments when it takes a lot to honestly be happy for the person who is in a different season than me, I can grab my adventure side, pick out a new restaurant, and go talk it out on a Jesus date with the one who really gets me and understands! Btw, keep reading for a post coming soon on how to plan a fun and purposeful Jesus date. 🙂
Welcome to the spring of adventure and growing in Christ!