Today I wore the wrong clothes. WOW.
What a profound way to start the first blog post I have written in a few months.
side note: I spent the last few months swimming, running, spending time with friends, going to concerts and being on holiday. I can only say that this summer has been a blessing that I did not realise I needed.
But back to today. Today it was 19 degrees and for some reason I felt that UGG boots, jeans and a thick sweater were appropriate. You see, I want autumn to come. Stockholm has had the most amazing weather for the last few months and then, having spent most of August in France I grew accustom to 39c (95F) days and barely cooler nights (and thankfully, most of the time access to my own pool). I came back to Stockholm and expected, with classes beginning, to be presented with foggy mornings, cooler days and brisk evenings. I wanted to wear layers and boots and clothes that I could cuddle up in. Is that what happened?
It’s still almost 20+ degrees every day and I can’t accept that. I want autumn now and therefore dressed accordingly. However, I pretty much spent most of the day overheated and consequently in a strange mood (probably because my body thought I was trapped in a desert grave and was going to suffocate to death).
I was rushing through the season.
I’m pretty convinced that in a couple months, when the snow is everywhere and I’m wearing 4 layers of clothes that I will look back and wonder why I wanted to be cold so badly.
It’s like that in so many aspects of our lives. We’re in elementary school, so we want to be in High school. We’re single, we want to be dating, we’re dating we want to be engaged, we’re engaged we want to be married etc etc. Or perhaps it’s that we’re in school and we want our first job.
Whatever it might be, it’s almost as if the season we’re in is never enough.
Here’s my season. I’m finishing up my MSc and I’m free to pretty much do whatever projects I want. I’m writing a book, i’m starting a company, I’m privileged enough to get to work with the youth at church and really build into their lives. I’m also able to meet all new people as living in Stockholm only a year means there are so many new people to meet.
I’m in a pretty free season.
You know what freedom like this brings?
And time…time allows me to think.
And for a planner.
Well, that can be pretty bad.
Except that for the first time in my life (really, truly), i’m not planning. I’m LOVING the season I am in and enjoying the time I have. I am actually not wanting to rush this season.
Christine Caine, speaking at an event I was at, stated that women are pregnant for 40 weeks for a reason. If the baby is born too early or too late, then complications happen. In one case it’s not developed completely and in fact, can lead to some pretty serious damage.
I don’t know what the next season of my life holds but I do know this. I want to ensure that I don’t rush this current season. I want to meet the people I’m supposed to, develop those relationships the way they should. I want to be faithful with the time God has blessed me with and use it correctly. I want to develop the skills I am and put all the effort I can into the work I need so that, when the time comes, for all these things or for the next season I haven’t rushed and under or overdeveloped any. one. thing.
God gave us seasons for a reason. His timing, His plan is perfect. Not one thing will happen out of it’s time so why rush the season?
Ecclessiastes 3 says…
To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven:
2 A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted,
3 A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build up,
4 A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 A time to get and a time to lose, a time to keep and a time to cast away,
7 A time to rend and a time to sew, a time to keep silence and a time to speak,
8 A time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What profit remains for the worker from his toil?
10 I have seen the painful labor and exertion and miserable business which God has given to the sons of men with which to exercise and busy themselves.
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s heartsand minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to be glad and to get and do good as long as they live…
So, whether your season is good, bad or even really horribly ugly…don’t rush.
fall in love.
learn a skill.
Just don’t rush.