04 May In the Meantime…Be Thankful
Psalm 147:7-9 “Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp. He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills. He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call.”
I have been challenged in the meantime… be thankful. When the waiting season for me first began I really struggled with people’s expectations (real and assumed) and my own. Who was I if I was no longer a university student? Why do I have to go back home (seems like a backward step to me)? Will I be stuck in this season?
Jesus knows exactly what my current situation is. He knows yours too. He knows how painful and frustrating it can be watching others around you getting what you desire. Like friends getting married while I remain single for example. Don’t get me wrong my heart is overflowing for happiness for them but I feel sad it hasn’t happened for me yet. When I go to Jesus to let him know; Jesus I am still living at home, Jesus I am still single, Jesus I still don’t have paid work, Jesus I haven’t travelled as much as I would like to. And the list goes on. He has whispered into my heart trust me, trust me, trust me which helps to quieten my anxious heart and restore peace for where I am right now. Lately Jesus has been encouraging me more and more to be grateful for the awesome place I am in right now in my life. Jesus is working on fulfilling the promises He has given me in His perfect timing but in the meantime [I need to] be thankful. It is about choosing to see the blessing in what you have right now rather than what you don’t have. So here are a few current situations I find myself in which I have consciously chosen to see what good there is in the midst of them.
I am still living at home: My parents haven’t kicked me out and I can savour time spent with my family before life changes.
Relationship status = single: During this waiting season I have gotten to work on me; to know my worth, to know I am truly loved, that being anxious doesn’t have to be a full time gig etc. to continue to grow and change to become a better person.
I have no abs: Some of you may laugh or roll your eyes, but this is serious, having abs is #bodygoals for me. At the moment though, I am in the best shape I have been in in a long time and more importantly I love my body. I can finally look in the mirror and like what I see.
No paid work: I had to realise my worth has nothing to do with what I accomplish. That I am lovable just for being me. I am back studying, which I am enjoying.
I went outside this afternoon. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, everything looked and sounded so beautiful. I was thinking about singing the songs from The Sound of Music. The day just made me feel happy. As I looked down at the lush, green grass that felt amazing under my feet I couldn’t help but remember all my blessings even though the season I am in hasn’t changed.
I want to encourage you to look for the blessings Jesus has placed in your life – right where you are. To love your own adventure. I hope it doesn’t take you as long, as it did me, to realise it is ok to have uniqueness in your story – to not have the same steps as everyone else. Jesus has unique adventures for each of us.