[Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Hebrews 13:5 King James Version
Do you remember rest stops along major highways that would have a map to tell where you were on your journey? They’d have a big red arrow showing your location. I remember when I was a kid, and we’d stop at a rest stop, I’d look for the map of the state we were in to tell me how much farther to get to our destination. It tracked our progress. Of course, now there is GPS in our phones and in our vehicles that have almost made rest stops obsolete. But that’s beside the point.
We are always looking ahead to the future whether it be for the weekend, holiday, or even happier days. We never look at where we are at in the moment. Sometimes those moments can be painful. And it’s hard not to look ahead. If we are sick, we want to be well. If we are struggling, we want to be happy. But it serves us to be where we are when we are.There is a reason for each season. Take your time to enjoy each one. Click To Tweet
There is a reason for each season.
If we let us experience the feelings we have at the time and place we are in, it’ll serve us for the future. It’s not fun dealing with sickness, death, or troubled finances. It’s natural to want to feel content and happy. But life isn’t like that, and anytime we spend wishing away where we are, we have to realize we will never get that time back.
When my mom received her diagnosis of stage four cancer, I was devastated. I couldn’t see anything but that. Her interment death. And I struggled. But what it gave me was a closer relationship with God. I was able to tell her and show her how much she meant to me. It brought me closer to my siblings. And in the end, it gave me time to focus on myself and what I needed to change. When she died, she wasn’t here for me to take care of anymore. I had devoted my life to that. I wanted to honor her. That’s not to say we didn’t have our issues, but we ended on a good note.
But during that time I asked what was God trying to teach me? And I realized that he was teaching me that I mattered too and that some things I don’t have control over, but God does. I prayed every day to take her swiftly. I didn’t want to see her suffer. And he did. From the diagnosis of her death it was three weeks. He had answered my prayer.
Progress is hard but good.
No matter what you are suffering through today or tomorrow, take some time to talk to God. Ask him what he is teaching you. Look to see where you have been. Have you made any progress? There might be a fog around you so thick; you feel like you aren’t able to clear the clouds away. Try. Ask for help. There will come a day when you look back on your struggle and be able to say; “Wow, that was bad, but God helped me through. Thank you, Lord.” I find when I turn to God, he is always there.
If you are having a hard time seeing what God has in store for you, or you can’t see the trees from the forest, try to look back at past struggles. Did God help you through that? Was there possibly a miracle he performed for you? Did it work out better than you imagined?
Gratitude is key.
Find gratitude in your misery. Or gratitude for what you do have. In my Mom’s death, I found the gratitude that she had no idea how sick she was until the very end. She didn’t have to spend months feeling the cancer eat up her body. And she had her mind to the very end until she went into her coma. Gratitude can be hard to find when you are down and out, but there really is something you can be thankful for. Don’t fall into the rabbit hole of poor me. It’s an easy out. Fight it and look to see what you can cling to and your faith will get you through.
Lastly, pray for guidance and listen for that answer. It could come from a song on the radio, or an overheard conversation or even something in your path. Look, and you will find.
Here are a few more verses that will help you: