How did I get here??
In the blink of an eye I find myself in a present reality that looks nothing like I imagined or expected. I could never have predicted this.
How is this real life?
How is it October?
How are we still in a pandemic?
How has the world gone this crazy?
How am I doing the things that I am?
You can fill in the blank, but whether it’s the big circumstances or tiny details of our lives, my guess is we all have some parts that don’t resemble where we thought we’d be or how we expected things would turn out.
These unexpected parts of our lives can feel unfamiliar, unknown, uncertain and foreign. Depending on what your personality is, you will either find that exciting or terrifying, or perhaps a little of both!
Unforeseen details and seasons tend to launch me into fix-it mode (even if nothing is actually wrong, but just in case) to alleviate all the potential problems and things I don’t like.
Which is a bit crazy, I know.
There’s got to be a better way to handle the unexpected rather than dwelling on the bad, or fixing to live in constant comfort.
Thankfully, we have a God who is never surprised, caught off guard, or unprepared.
“He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17 CSB)
Not only that, but unpredicted seasons can be sprinkled with gifts and opportunities from God; things that we might not notice or appreciate if everything were going according to plan.
No matter what we face or walk through, God is there. He delights to see us joyful, and He doesn’t hide when things are hard. We can talk to Him, cry with Him, laugh with Him, be silent with Him, and even express our anger to Him. He can handle it.
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11 ESV
Especially in seasons of change, there can be a lot of newness and figuring things out. If we have never walked through something before, how can we expect to be good at it? In moments where we’re struggling or have completely blown it, we have grace to fill in every gap.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 CSB
It can feel awful to not have enough, or feel ill-equipped for the task at hand. But moments of lacking give God the opportunity to provide, to take care of us. He invites us to ask Him for what we need and want, and then we trust and wait.
“And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 NLT
When things change and shift, it provides an opportunity to take inventory of our lives. If daily life is different anyway, we might as well capitalize on the chance to simplify what we need and don’t need, reevaluate what is important for this season, and reprioritize what we allow to take up our time.
“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.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 NIV
Wherever we find ourselves today, we are not at the end of our journey; we are still in the middle. We have hope that things can always change for the better, and that God is always at work, even when we cannot yet see the outcome.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NIV
When we choose to notice and focus on the good, it enables us to walk through our seasons in a different way – a way filled with joy, peace and purpose!
Choose to see the gifts today!