Have you ever felt stuck? In my head I have this image of standing in a hole and looking side-to-side wildly to see who will come and rescue me. Stuck. Unmoving. Unchanging.
Lately in my life, I have felt stuck. I just exited a huge season in my life. I packed up everything I owned and left one college town for another. During this summer, I have taken classes at our local community college to fill some time and knock off some pre-requisites. This in-between-time has been a lonely one.
Out of all of the seasons of the year, fall is my favorite. I can smell bonfires, hear the crunching leaves, and visualize my favorite college football team getting a touchdown. Even though there are seasons that aren’t as fun for me, one thing is for certain: fall will always come back around.
Seasons are just divisions of the year, and that is all they are – just a period of time. Seasons are not permanent. Seasons do not stick around forever.
So why do we feel so stuck sometimes in the season of life we are in?
The Lord tells us in his word,
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV
My season may look very different than your season. Right now, my season looks a lot like a struggling 20-year-old who is self-conscience, has no idea what she is doing with her life half of the time, and who doubts herself too many times a day to count. Yet, that doesn’t mean I will always fit that description. At least, I hope not.
I have tried to remind myself that although not every season in our lives is “fun,” each is necessary. It is necessary to go through some trials to get to the good stuff. It is necessary in order to mold us for the next season we will face. Whether the next seems more difficult than this one, or is a season of bliss, it is hard to become who God needs us to be in order to build His kingdom if we do not follow each and every bit of the will He has laid out. And this is done by embracing your current season fully.
If you’re in a season of storms: pray.
If you’re in a season of sunshine: pray.
If you just got out of a storm: pray.
If you feel one coming: pray.
I do not know where each of you reading this may be in your life or what season you may be in, but I pray that you know that, like the Lord said, there is a season for every little thing. Dancing. Planting. Healing. Building. Loving.
Keep on going sister…you got this.
All of my love,