Have you ever had a specific summer or fall where you just thought to yourself, “I never want this to end!”
It’s just filled with excitement, anticipation, fulfilled promises, beautiful weather and fingerprints of the Lord everywhere and anywhere you turn! It’s like going to summer camp at your favorite spot, where the popsicles just taste better, every sunset resembles a decadent cotton candy bouquet and life seems to be singing this melody alongside you.
And yet eventually you had to go home, right? You could not stay at camp forever because as great as it was, you had so much to learn, more people to meet and life needed to do a little refining on you.
Even the best seasons must end. They must end so that you can get to your next best season! They must end so that you can walk through the wilderness and feel the pain and the heartache of being pruned. They must end so that you can lose a little more of you and gain a little more of Him.
Seasons are called seasons for a reason, they aren’t meant to last forever. As we leave one and embrace another, we must be okay with letting some things go.
There might even be some relationships that thrive while at camp but struggle to grow when returning home. That’s okay! (I’m learning this truth but it is SO. HARD. TO. REMEMBER!) The Lord gives us who we need when we need it and sometimes the lesson is in the letting go. Choosing to be okay with a change in a relationship does not mean that you’ve decided they are bad and you are good. No! Get that out of your head! Sometimes it just means, “Hey…I’m good. You’re good. We are good, just from a distance at this moment in time.”
Usually it’s the changing of roles of the people in our lives that we most struggle with, as we learn what it looks like to love and be loved in different ways. As we learn to move forward and release as He instructs, it’s pretty awesome how He always fills that void.
Also, the older we get, the more we realize that about life—that it is hard to ever get fully settled in a season because things are always changing. Life is evolving, the culture is changing and we are adapting. It is the continuous flow of grace between the seasons that remains our thread of continuity.
But it is all grace.
Be encouraged in whichever season you are in today, knowing that it will soon end so you must treasure its goodness (there is always goodness) and trust Him with all else.
Water this season, give it your love and serve the seeds that are planted. The BEST is YET to come
“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” -James 4:13-15
“He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority.” -Acts 1:7