I hope you are doing absolutely amazing today... And if not, I hope this note will give you a little encouragement to brighten your day. Do you know that God has you on His mind? He loves you so much and has something special in store for you, not just in the future, but right now. He wants to know you in a deeper way today than ever before. He also has a purpose for every season of life that you walk through. Every situation you encounter, God has something He wants to teach you and His desire is to draw you closer to Him.
There are many different seasons of life that we walk through. We have the little kid years, middle school, high school, college, singleness, dating, marriage, kids, etc. There are busy seasons in our lives and there are times of rest. There are times to work hard and there are times to play hard. The key is knowing what season you are in and embracing it. So many people miss out on what's right in front of them because they are wishing they were in the next season. "If only I were out of middle school, if only I could graduate, if only I were married... Had kids... If only..." You fill in the blank. God has something specific in mind for you to do or to learn in this season of your life. I've heard many married couples longing for children only to look back and realize they didn't enjoy the time they had together as a couple before they were busy with kids. For those of you in school, you may just be wishing to get out of school! Don’t take it for granted though. Many will look back and wish they had enjoyed their time more, studied harder, or just been a better friend. Don’t worry, adulthood will come before you know it and you will long for the day you didn’t have to work and pay the bills! Never despise the season you are in or waste it away wishing for the next. As you are seeking God, the next season will come in His timing.
For me personally, my biggest season of struggle has been singleness. I am now in my thirties (yikes lol!) and thought I would be married with a family years ago. However, my plans are not always God’s plans. His are way better though! I have learned that the single life is awesome! Well, it certainly can be. Being single, it comes with a lot less responsibility as well as more free time than if I had a family. I can devote more time to God in prayer and studying His Word. I can go places and do things as a single that would be a lot harder with a family in tow - and a lot more expensive. I was able to spend a year in Australia at Hillsong, I took a short missions trip to Rome, and I vacationed several weeks in Europe seeing London, Paris, Venice, and more! The point is to cherish the season you are in because it won’t last forever. I will be grateful when I’m married and have a family of my own, but my focus is what does God want from me today. I felt like He wanted me to write a book as a single and it is finally finished and on its way! He is also teaching me who I am in Him – God’s precious, beautiful, daughter who is called to live a life of love… and so are you.
God is preparing you today for who He has called you to be tomorrow. As one of my trainers said in Bible College, “Preparation time is never wasted time.” God can use every event that has happened in your life to make you a better person - to make you more like Him. I encourage you today to ask God what His purpose is for you in this season. Is there something He is trying to teach you? Is there someone He would like you to befriend and share His love with? Is He asking you to read the Bible and spend more time getting to know Him? God loves you so much and I pray you will enjoy this time of your life… make it “the time of your life!”
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…” Ecclesiastes 3:1