It is April 19th and the temperature outside is just above freezing. We’ve had a couple of warm weather days, but most of the spring has been right around freezing and all that comes with it…snow, rain, wind, just BRR!!!
So when the calendar says one thing and then reality says another, what’s a girl to do? That is the season I am in. Circumstantially, things around me are beginning to move, but me…I’m stuck in winter.
“I feel stuck in the places I want to be moving and pushed to move in the places I want to sit still.” – my husband on this season of our life.
When a day seems like a week, a week like a month, and a month like a year, what are we to do? Seasons come and seasons go and sometimes they come and go as we’d expect them to. But SOMETIMES, they don’t. No one seems to pay attention when things happen “as they should.” Its when things seem to be done wrong or not the way anyone intended that people start to pay attention. My social media feed has been inundated with posts about the awesome spring weather (note the sarcasm – insert “why do I live in Ohio” jokes here).
Maybe paying attention is where we need to be. Maybe God is trying to get our attention that He is moving differently these days. When things seem to go not – so – much according to our plan, cue the Holy Spirit. He is tugging at us. He is poking us to get our attention. Maybe to pull our attention off our navel and to start to look out. God never intended for us to walk this world alone. He also never intended that we get and stay comfortable. A life lived in surrender to Him, is out of control…out of my control but completely under His!
Life doesn’t always come up roses all the time. There will be hard times. There will be those days that seem like weeks, and those weeks that seem like months. Its what we do with those times that matter. Those are the “now” times of life. They are not the means to an end, but rather, maybe, just maybe they are what life is truly about. Maybe life is about the “in between times” with a few restful, comfortable moments thrown in. Lets draw near to the One who is in control and live while in between. Maybe those moments of comfort are really just the seasons of rest that God in His gracious nature allows us to take every once in awhile. Maybe we should strive more to be on the road in between rather then at the rest stop all the time!
“Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, declares the Lord. Be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land, declares that Lord. Work, for I am with you, declares the Lord.” Haggai 2:4-5
So, be strong dear sister/brother in Christ! I will give you rest, but until then…work, for I am with you!