Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. ~Psalm 33:20-22
We are well into March and I am ready for spring to be here. It’s the time of year when we could suddenly experience spring or continue experiencing winter. It’s the changing of the seasons.
This morning I was praying with a friend of mine and my thoughts went to how hard the waiting is for us. The waiting for the unknown. The waiting for what we want and not knowing if it will happen. Not knowing if it’s what God has planned.
I think we rely on the familiar to gauge where we are in life. We rely on the same 2+2=4 mentality, and it throws us off when things don’t add up like we’re used to.
When the familiar changes, we get thrown off and it feels like our life is not adding up. Our 2+2 is now equaling something other than 4. The changes in life have thrust us into seasons we may not be ready for.
During this season of Lent, I reflect on the waiting Jesus had to go through. The waiting to fulfill what God had planned for Him. How difficult it was, even for Jesus.
The truth is, all the changing moments have thrust us into another new normal to add to the constant new normals in our lives. And we have to be thrust into them because we so often long for sameness, and change would not always be our first option.
As the weather changes, we learn to appreciate the blossoms and warmth. Our lives alter and we learn to adapt and see beauty where we may have missed it if we hadn’t altered course.
The seasons will always change, sometimes at a different pace than we are expecting. But the joy and blessings are always within reach if we just put out our hands to receive them.
So remember to give thanks.
Even when the seasons change.