I live in the beautiful state of Oregon and I seriously can’t imagine living anywhere else. Us Oregonians get to experience 4 beautiful seasons, each of them providing a different form of beauty. Somehow, God’s set things on a timer and without fail, the seasonal changes happen every year, guaranteed! Pretty cool.
On a similar note, you ever notice that life takes us through different seasons? By “seasons” I mean that there are good times, rough times, growing times, boring times, exciting times….you know, seasons. Guaranteed seasons.
Honestly, sometimes I think it would be super cool if life were just one big ‘ol season, exclusively filled with the good times and exciting times….maybe we could leave out the rough times, growing times and boring times since those can be hard. Yeah, that would be ideal, wouldn’t it?!
OR WOULD IT?!?!?! (cue the dramatic music that provokes deep thought and profound mystery)
Just hear me out on this. Sure, we all love it when life is going well, when everyone’s healthy and when ideas are flowing like nacho cheese out of a convenience store dispenser….yuuummmmm.
BUT HEAR ME OUT ON SOMETHING.
What if those rough times, boring times and growing times actually produced some good stuff? Maybe, in order to fully appreciate the good times, we need to be refined through the tougher times, thus creating character and a better perspective. Maybe a possibility? I think so.
Alright, I’m taking this to a personal level here…..I’ve been going through a “growing” season for a little while now. Well, maybe it’s more of a “growing/exciting” season filled with possibilities and introspection. God has really been teaching me about my character and providing awesome “opportunities” to grow……suuurrre, opportunities…..hey, thanks for the humbling “opportunities” to grow God 😫(sarcasm much?)
This process sucks because it can be uncomfortable. GROWTH IS ALWAYS UNCOMFORTABLE. Kind of like putting on a new pair of shoes….you gotta wear them and stretch them before the fit is right, before they work effectively.
BUT IT’S WORTH IT!!!
Hopefully, at the end of the rainbow is a pot of character and other good stuff contributing to me being a better man…..contributing to you being a better you.
So what season are you going through right now? Do you feel like a buoy at sea, being knocked around in every direction by life’s “waves?” Are you in the middle of a painful season that’s maybe filled with disappointment, failure and/or loss? Are you thriving, feeling God’s blessings at every turn? Wherever you land, I know you’re experiencing some kind of season, I’m sure of it. How am I so sure? Well, you’re human like me, that’s how I know.
Do me a huge favor, will ya?! As your seasons change (and they will), try to embrace whatever season you’re going through. Hold on, enjoy, take a deep breath and know that you are being molded into someone even more amazing and beautiful than you already are! Truly!
God’s got you, whether you believe He’s real or not. Shoot, you may think I’m feeding you a big, fat, juicy line of bull right now and that’s ok too. You’ll just have to take my word for it I guess.
Enjoy the ride friends, life is beautiful!