When you’re not quite there yet, but you want to be there so bad you spend every minute of your time thinking, waiting, wishing, wondering about what it will be like when you’re there – and you completely miss out on the season you’re currently in.
We’re expecting our first baby this fall. And we are so excited. I’m having so much fun choosing nursery furniture, registering for baby items, picking out names and reading books about what to expect. But I’m not really enjoying this time of being pregnant; I’m anticipating the next season.
Before I met my husband, I devoted so much time thinking, wishing and praying for him to come into my life. I felt so much discouragement; I anticipated the next season.
In college, I was set on getting a good paying job in Columbus straight out of school. I took things pretty seriously, and I put so much stress on myself; I anticipated the next season.
And I’m sitting here thinking to myself – there are a hundred other examples in my life of when I built up so much anticipation, so much expectation, hope, eagerness for what was to come; I anticipated the next season.
God tells us – there is beauty in every season. But sometimes its hard to see that beneath the fog of anticipation for what is to come.
To the woman who is in the season of waiting for your first big job – Enjoy this time without hard responsibility – it is coming, and a day will come when you want your freedom back. You will never again have the time to do what you exactly want more than right now.
To the woman who is in the season of waiting for your husband – there is beauty in getting to know who you are. Growing deeper in relationship with God, knowing your likes and dislikes, understanding what makes you flourish and what makes you fall – You will never again have the time to explore yourself better than right now.
To the woman who is in the season of struggle – Learn, grow and adapt yourself to come out stronger, more understanding and better than you were before. Rest in Ecclesiastes 7:3 – sorrow is better than laughter – why? You will never again have the opportunity to grow in this way more than right now.
Whenever you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears, it is well to pay the closest attention. They are not only telling you something about the secret of who you are, but more often than not God is speaking to you through them of the mystery of where you have come from and is summoning you to where, if you soul is to be saved, you should go next.
Frederick Buechner, Whistling in the Dark
To the woman who is in the season of happiness – Praise God, this is His most perfect gift to you. Don’t ever forget it is a gift, and don’t ever let yourself become prideful because of it. Continue to seek God during this time and build others up. You will never again have the opportunity to strengthen others more than right now.
To the woman who is in the season of hurt caused by others – Those who are hurting, hurt others. Stand strong in your confident faith, knowing you are God’s perfect creation. You will never again have the opportunity to heal the ones who are hurting more than right now.
To the woman who is in the season of waiting for your baby – whether this is an exiting time of anticipation or a time of defeat and frustration in waiting, enjoy the place God has you. You can be frustrated, hurt, beat down and exhausted, but also practice patience. You will never again have the opportunity to connect with others who are in the same place you are more than you do right now.
I think its human nature to anticipate the next, “more exciting” season to come, but I also think its God’s nature for each of us to learn the lesson from the season we’re currently in.