Beautiful in its Time
As spring is still a few weeks away, I always get a little eager when Valentine's begins to approach. Normally tiny pots of tulips start to be sold in stores and I just want all of them! But as I walk past each of those plants, I think about the beginning of that flower. When I parallel the beauty and process of it, I think about life, too. In time, everything becomes beautiful as Ecclesiastes says. I know the break up hurts, the job isn't ideal, and if you could only "move on" to the next chapter, then life would be better. But will it really be better? When we grow through seasons and bloom, we find our processes are always intentional. We also realize that God's plan is greater than our need to be consumed by "the greatest next thing" or the "immediate result." There have been some seasons of my life I thought were too long. I didn't think I needed to walk through the learning and obeying and would think, "Why can't I just learn this a little more quickly and move on?" Only to be nudged gently by the Holy Spirit who reminded me that God's timing is perfect. I've recently talked to so many people in different life stages who echo the same sentiment. They believe that if they could just get out of their season, then the next is what God really has for them. That way of thinking is poison. This season is what God has for you. Admittedly, I've done the same and said the same, and I'm always so convicted by it. I wouldn't be where I am had it not been for the last season, and the same goes for you. You can trust that He won't let you be a late bloomer. There's a quote that says, "Sometimes when you're in a dark place you think you've been buried, but actually you've been planted." I just really love that. The dark place isn't God burying you to forget you, it's God planting you to give you purpose. Just hang in there in a little while longer.
While you're in a planting season waiting to bloom, here are a few ideas that have helped me the most in the darkest:
Keep encouraging scripture nearby. I post them on my desk, my phone background, my mirror, my car. Wherever I spend my time, you can bet there's a verse or two reminding me of God's faithfulness.
Make a special playlist. I literally have a playlist titled "Heart Songs" that keeps me encouraged. The playlist captures whatever I find my soul singing most often. I keep it on repeat all season long and add as I need to!
Keep a journal. Okay sure this is a given for me, but even if you aren't into journaling, find some personal way to help you remember this season. Maybe it's pictures, quotes, or a prayer list - whatever your thing is, do it! It's so amazing to look back at God's thumbprint through some seasons!
Find a friend. I know you might not feel comfortable sharing all the messy details of some seasons, but it's important we share glimpses with those closest to us. Not only for accountability but for true encouragement. God always has a way of connecting us with those who need to be apart of some seasons in our lives!