Hey, how are you?
It’s been a second since I’ve done a post like this because I’ve just been empty when it comes to inspiration, and every time I start writing something it comes off in the wrong way.
However, I’ve realized that what I have been trying to write and keep deleting can be summed up in two sentences:
It’s hard to be content in every season, especially the lonely ones.
Right now, I am really struggling with being happy with where I am.
Wow, that wasn’t so hard to write, I don’t know why I’ve had around ten drafts of me trying to say that…
Seasons can be tough.
Maybe you’re like me and you’re in one that you don’t really want to be in right now.
People tell me to enjoy this season of my youth, but as I’m sure you also know, that’s easier said than done.
It’s hard to be content in a season of singleness when you don’t really want to be single.
It’s hard to be content in a season of youth when it feels like your age (or lack of it) is the only thing people see when they look at you.
It’s hard to be content in a season of little close friends when you crave connection and to be needed by others.
It’s hard, but it’s not impossible.
The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 3 that to everything there is a season, which means yes, there is a season to be single, lonely, and young, and even though sometimes it can be hard to understand why, we can still understand that we need to keep going.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”-Galatians 6:9
How can the season we’re in be used for good?
For me, a big thing I realized was time, I have a lot of time, especially since COVID. Sometimes I think that I have way too much time because I often spend it overanalyzing things.
However, I have so much time that I wouldn’t have if I had a social life or a boyfriend, which might sound depressing, but that means that right now, I can wholeheartedly study the word because of how little distractions there are in my life.
Not only I am capable of getting into that habit now when it’s easy versus trying to dedicate myself to it when I’m in a busier season, but I have no excuse.
I should always make time for God, but right now, I don’t really have to. I already have so much time that I can give to Him instead of using it to worry or wish that I had other things to do.
And you know what? I have come to enjoy parts of this season.
I enjoy being able to read my Bible on my bed while drinking coffee in the morning, I enjoy reading my Bible in the evening, I enjoy being able to go on evening runs, and watching the sunset over the fields. I enjoy talking to my mom late into the night, I enjoy driving back home from work with a little bit more money than I had that morning. I enjoy the quiet of this season.
So, what should you and I do in these seasons?
We need to refocus and…
- Seek the kingdom first (Matthew 6:33).
- Understand that we need to be content where God has put us even when it’s hard (Philippians 4:11).
- Know that God is with us (Romans 8:28).
- Know that we are stronger than our struggles when we are with Him (1 Corinthians 10:13).
- Understand that there is more to life than the things we are currently wanting (Luke 12:15).
- Trust in the Lord (Psalm 91:1-16 ).
The world may tell us that we should always be wanting more, that we are not where we should be at our age or place in life, but the Bible says:
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”-Romans 12:2
The world may tell us to seek after our own selfish pleasures, but the Bible says:
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”-Matthew 6:33-34
When seasons are hard, we really need to take a step back and ask ourselves, “Am I living this season for me or for God?”
And then: “Who should I be living this season for?”
How are you doing with the season you’re currently in?