Enjoy the Present
“This snow is driving me crazy!”
“I can’t wait to be on a beach somewhere!”
“When is this sun going to peak out from behind the clouds?!”
Similar to last year, this year’s winter was long and cold. Understandably, people are eager for the spring. After all, who doesn’t want to see beautiful flowers in bloom and sun bursting through their windows? However, as people anticipate a beautiful new spring season, they often find themselves wishing and wanting for more in other areas of life – convincing themselves that they will feel happier or more satisfied when circumstances change or situations come to pass.
The way people long for spring is commonly how people long for life to be different, too. Sometimes, we wish for a more fruitful, easier, and overall better life. However, in the intermittent, when life may not be picture perfect, we often lose sight of how every day is a precious gift from God, regardless of circumstances. Each day is a gift, and we are to use that gift for His glory. We serve a God who is so good that no matter the season, no matter the circumstances, He is awesome, loving, forgiving, and powerful! If He isn’t worth celebrating, I don’t know what is!
“I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which He is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us” (Isaiah 63:7).
If you are going through a season of struggle, stay on course, because what you are experiencing will lead you where He envisions you in the future. Push through “the winter” with humility and gratitude, and you will find yourself in the midst of joy in a bright, sunny season of spring. Above all, there is something to be grateful for, every day, and several chances to rejoice in His goodness. And, if you can’t find a reason to be grateful, be a reason – help someone else, be a friend, donate unwanted items, or volunteer.
“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it” (Proverbs 11:25-26).
As challenging as life may be, remain grateful. Do not wish for a season to pass because the season you are in is a purposeful stage in your life, a stage God intended for you and only you.