Life is Seasonal
I have learned this valuable, yet hard truth recently in my life. Yes, I have always known there are different seasons, but I had always felt that you would leave a season, when you felt ready to. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes natural seasonal transitions happen, like your move from high school into college. That was a season I couldn’t wait to begin. But what about those seasons you don’t want to leave, but have to. Or those seasons you can’t wait to leave, but are kept in for a while. I wanted that explained to me, and I wanted to try and make sense of it. I was telling my mom that I wished God would tell me when I would be leaving a great season. I wish I had a warning so that I could prepare myself, and enjoy it more because I knew it would come to an end. However, this doesn’t happen. I wasn’t warned, or prepared. I just had to pack my bags, and move on before I wanted to.
The end of 2015, beginning of 2016, I was enjoying myself immensely. I was loving the season I was in. I remember coming home every night thinking, I am just so happy, and I don’t want anything to change. I was going regularly to my young adults group and I had the most incredible friends I could ever ask for. I was loving it. Then, we had a transition at the end of 2016. I was sad. This meant, there was going to be a lot of change, and I hadn’t prepared myself for the end of that season. I didn’t know it was going to end, and I didn’t want it to. However, months later, I am now serving on the young adults team, and I am LOVING my new pastors, and the team. BUT, initially I didn’t want to move into that new season. I was afraid, and I didn’t feel ready. I had enjoyed everything the way it was before, and I didn’t want to leave it. But sometimes you have to leave something great, to get to the GREATER. I couldn’t imagine anything greater at the time, but I look at this new season now and I am richly blessed. In fact, this season of my life is better than the last, but I wouldn’t have known that if I had stayed in the last season. My last season brought me great people, leaders, blessings, and opportunities. But the season that followed was even better. How do we know we are going to enjoy our new season more than the last? We don’t. We don’t know what life is going to look like for us, and how we are going to grow, and what God is going to do. All I knew at the time, was that I had made my old season a home that I got too comfortable in. God called me to step out again and again, and I was entering a new season.
Wouldn’t it be cool if we were warned about when a new season is approaching. I wish I would prepare myself for its arrival and embrace it with open arms. Most times, I feel like I am dragging my feet into a new season. God is bringing me somewhere new, and I am looking around, trying to make it look like my last season. I can look back on different seasons of my life, and remember all of the great times I have had. Each season has also come with its challenges and its hardships. However, it is easier to look at the great things that occurred, rather than focusing on the heartache that may have been wrapped up in it. But God wants to do something new. Once we have gotten comfortable, it is time to move on and into a new season, challenging us, growing us, and pushing us. However, if we continue to hold onto the previous season, we are missing out on what God wants to do. If I had held onto my previous season, I wouldn’t even have this blog right now. I wouldn’t be doing anything that I am doing. But, I did step out and into my new season, and I have been blessed greatly.
Maybe you’re on the other side of this thinking it is easy for you to begin new seasons, you are just waiting for God to bring you into a new one. Maybe you hate the season you’re in and it feels like it is taking forever for God to bring you out of it. Can I tell you something? He might not be done teaching you in this season. God runs on his own timing. What feels like an eternity to you, is like seconds to him. He knows when you are ready to move into a new season, and when he has taught you what you will need to know to enter into it. Let me give an example. I used to work at Starbucks. I worked there for almost 3 years. The first year was great, and the other two, well… they weren’t. I was tired of working there. I hated going to work, and I didn’t like what I was doing. I was constantly praying for a new job, but I had no idea where I would even apply. I wanted something new, and I felt like God didn’t get it. I kept asking him and asking him, and nothing was happening. I was desperate for a new season, and a new job. But I stayed for almost two more years. At some point, I had stopped looking for jobs, and stopped praying for a new one. I had just accepted the job, and tried to make the best of it. Then, one day, I went into one of my favorite coffee shops, just as I always did, to work on some homework. One of my friends was working that day, and asked me if I wanted to work at the coffee shop. I asked him many times if he was serious, because I couldn’t believe it. Without an interview, or a resume, I got the job. I had become friends with the owner and God completely blessed me. I didn’t even ask for the job, and God blessed me with it. It has always been a dream of mine to work at an actual coffee shop, and I was now finally entering a new season with a new job. But those 3 years at Starbucks taught me a lot. It felt like a long season, and one that would never end. But it did, and I was excited to leave it. There was a bit of fear, because I was comfortable, and used to Starbucks, but I knew the next season would be even greater. But just because my previous season was difficult, doesn't mean I didn't learn. I grew so much during my time at Starbucks and I have learned a great deal of things from working there. You never know when God is going to bring you into a new season. But, don't forget all that you have learned from the season you're coming out of.
However you feel about seasons right about now, it is crucial to note that they are always coming and going. Life is seasonal. Even your favorite season won’t last forever, and you worst won’t stay. There’s something great up ahead; hold onto the promises God has given you. Sometimes moving into a new season, can mean we have to give up things. Some of those things we are asked to give up can be good things, but we just can’t take them into where we are headed. Moving on is difficult, but it’s apart of life. Embrace your season. If you hate it, if you love it, it will only be here for a short while. If you’re entering into a new season, embrace it with open arms. Enter it well, and leave your last season well. God has a purpose for you life. He is molding you, shaping you, and growing you. Each season you enter, enjoy it, embrace it, and live in it well.