At 49 years old I have come to understand that the truths in this text will surely come to pass and acceptance is half the ball game. Not only that, with acceptance comes so much more joy. And when we fight what should come to pass, we create chaos and problems for ourselves. Like yesterday, my friend and confidant, Markeeda and I had plans to hit the Mag Mile and check out the shops. Of course we did. Any good hostess would take her out of town guest to Chicago's premiere shopping area and any Diva would want to go.
I mean every time we looked out the window and believed the rain was going to pass and our plans would be put into action it started to pour like the sky was mad at the earth. I mean really! There wasn't a sprinkle to be found just a constant pour. And when it finally stopped raining and the sun came out there wasn't a store open if our life depended on it.
Think about it, we probably would have spent most of our time complaining about the rain, frustrated that when we were ready to leave one store we were stuck. And for sure, one of those unexpected, nowhere pours would have caught us.
But I think it's like this in all areas of our lives. Our failure to embrace the season that we are in leaves us unfulfilled and even broken in some cases. We spend so much time fighting the right now, we not only miss what God has for us next, we miss the goodness in the right now. We are so blinded by our own desires, we miss the blessing that God has crafted especially for us out of the current situation. We want the season to change before it's time. But it's true, April showers bring May flowers. Without the rain, there would be a drought and we would wither. There is goodness in every season that God created.
But it could have been avoided when God spoke to your spirit and said it's time to move to what's next, or God is talking to you in so many ways, you need to stay still. We reject the season before us for the season we want.
Like the Apostle Paul: I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Phi 4-11-12)