Looking back a year ago I was in a completely different place than I am now, which is a good thing. Growth is good. Moving forward is good. New seasons are good. But they can bring a variety of emotions and experiences that are raw, bright, bold, and challenging. With each passing day we are unaware that each experience we encounter is drawing us into a new stage of life, preparing us for what’s about to enter or exit. I would dare to say that most of us don’t like transitions. We don’t open our front door and say, “Come on in, I’ve been expecting you. Its’ so nice to see you again!” Nope. We would much rather stay where we are, all comfortable in our own spot and left alone to enjoy our life the way it is.
New seasons of life, whether welcomed and joyful or unexpected and challenging, can make us uncomfortable, like we were just pelted in the face by a giant snowball. Out of nowhere our eyes are opened and life suddenly gets real and we realize things are changing all around us. It’s in times like these that we need to be content in the reality of our situations. A lack of contentment will only plant and feed a root of bitterness and resentment. These two things will steal our joy and take away our ability to live a vibrant life. I don’t believe there are “bad” or “good” seasons of life. Each one has been given to us by God to continually shape us into someone greater than we were.
In the midst of my own life transitions I have been challenging myself to be present in the change. I allow myself to stop and breathe, recognize my emotions, ponder my thoughts, and explore what these new changes mean for me at this time in my life. I can guarantee that every single one of you are experiencing a new season of life. It may be a mixture of unexpected, joyful, difficult, lonely, breathtaking, vibrant or exhausting but your season is meant to make you a better version of yourself. Don’t rush what God meant to take a season.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11