BEAUTY + LEARNING ALL AROUND
I feel it throughout the day. At the sink, in my bed, cleaning the floor. Hope and longing for what is ahead, yet contentment filling my heart. Contentment that God has me right where He wants me to be now. Knowledge of that truth fills me with a peace that reassures me. Reminds me that God is good. That in the midst of waiting, He has great things for me.
He has taught me that just because I am waiting for something doesn't mean that my life hasn't started yet. For a while, I was stuck in being so focused on the future, thinking that my life wasn't good or complete until I had those things. Then God gently reminded me that only focusing on the future will never satisfy, only He will. If I am not content in the moment, thanking God for all that He has given me, when those things come and don't complete my life like I was thinking they would, I will be disappointed.
As God was revealing these things to me, I just reminded me of how good He is. That He is gentle and patient teaching me these things. Teaching me that He has so much for me now, so much beauty and learning. He reminded me how much He wants what is best for me. How He wanted me to learn these things so I can accept the new seasons and blessings with a heart that is already anchored in the truth. He reminded me that not only did He have great things for me now but He was using this season to prepare me for the next.
Living this out, as I have learned, looks like knowing the truth. The truth that we are right where we need to be, for whatever reason, even if it isn't where we want to be (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Having longings and desires are by no means wrong but it might not be time for them to come about. God may be equipping you for the thing you long for or He may be growing you so you can enjoy it to the fullest. Whatever the reason for our current season, the first step to living fully in the season is to accept that this is where are. Only when we accept this can we fully embrace the idea of being content in the moment.
After accepting where we are, we get to accept and rest in God's truth. The truth that God loves us (Zephaniah 3:17). That He has great plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11). That He is teaching us in our current situation (Philippians 1:6). When we take God at His Word and believe that He has such beautiful things to show us, our current situation becomes so breathtaking. We start seeing through a lens of opportunity and beauty and not from a place of lack.
It is so amazing to remember and think about how much God loves us and wants what is best for us. He is the most loving Father, wanting to walk hand in hand with us, showing us beauty we have never seen before. And when we accept His offer to live fully, we don't have to worry about how we are going to do it. The pressure is off, He is taking care of everything. We can rest in His guidance and goodness. We are His beautiful children, fully known and fully loved by our Father.
I hope this blessed and encouraged you today, wherever you are in life. I am praying that we all live in the moment, eyes and hearts wide open for all God has for us. Have the most beautiful day!