"Everything on earth has its own time and its own season." -Ecclesiastes 3:1 (CEV)
BRING ON THE PUMPKIN SPICE!!!
^^basically my entire social media feeds. From Facebook to twitter, from Hobby Lobby to Walmart, this is all I see EVERYWHERE. Now don’t get me wrong, I love all the pumpkin spice flavored things as much as the next basic white girl, but I also REALLY love summer.
Is it just me or do the seasons seem to come and go by quicker these days? I feel like just the other day I was wishing away Spring and praying for shorts, pool days, and long summer nights to come my way! Now 2 months later, fall is on the brain.
Is this just part of the human experience or does it give some insight into the human condition?
As you have probably picked up on by now, I have been really bothered by the flood of wishes for fall all around me. I have been so confused as to why everyone around me is rushing my numbered summer days out and begging for fall to come. I’ve been even more frustrated that the more fall pictures and products I pass by, the more I’VE started to wish for fall. I’ve started dreaming of the crisp mornings, the warm smells, and of course… the pumpkin spice.
As I was thinking about the seasons and how rushed they are nowadays, God drew a parallel to my own life.
How many times have I rushed my own spiritual seasons? Honest answer? Almost every single day. There have definitely been times where I have been super content with the season that I’m in and loving every moment of it, but there have also been times where I’ve wished my current season away as much as our culture rushes the physical seasons away.
As I mentioned in a post a couple weeks ago (click here to go read it!), I have never been in a dating relationship. And sometimes, I am SO content that I am basically the cover girl for “no boys ever” magazine (not really a thing but think it would be a good investment). However, there are other times when the LAST thing I want to do is spend another moment apart of the single’s club.
As much as I’d like it to be a day-by-day type of thing, it’s definitely a moment-by-moment one. There are some days where I wake up feeling confident in my season, have some breakfast, have some God time, and think about how amazing life is. But by lunch time, I’m a mess because I’ve gotten 3 wedding invitations in the mail and I’m back to wishing my season away.
There are also times when it’s easier to look back at a season and wish for it to come back. Why? Because current and new seasons are really scary. Just like we can look back at other physical seasons of our life and compare them with our now. I see this on Twitter a lot when the tweets read something like this, “told my self summer 2018 was going to be the best one yet… nope” or “wish this summer could be like last”. But when you really think about last summer, you realize that we tend to leave out the sucky details and only remember the best.
When we look back now, we see an amazing past season full of fun, sunshine, and laughter! But if we were to remember the nitty-gritty details about it, we would remember the storms, the fights between your friends, the nights you cried yourself to sleep, etc.
When we are such a distance away from a season, we tend to only remember the good days and wish to go back to them.When we are such a distance away from a season, we tend to only remember the good days and wish to go back to them. Click To Tweet
You’ve experienced it!
How many times have your parents/grandparents/siblings/etc. talked about “back when I was in high school” and you KNEW that life wasn’t as grand in high school as they remembered it. All they remembered was their winning play in the game (even though their team lost every other game that season), the amazing parties they went to (forgetting the terrible hangovers every morning), or the beautiful girl they went out on a date with (although there was never a second date).
It’s so crazy how our brains will pick out the best moments and leave the bad memories behind. It is honestly a BRILLIANT scheme for the enemy to use so that we want to live in the past.It's so crazy how our brains will pick out the best moments and leave the bad memories behind. It is honestly a BRILLIANT scheme for the enemy to use so that we want to live in the past. Click To Tweet
Whether you struggle with wanting to move on to the next season of life or wanting to go back to the “best summer ever”, it’s all a distraction to your current season.
Ecclesiastes 3 is all about this concept. It goes through many different spiritual seasons and before each one it says, “there’s a time to… and a time to…”. I may be in my “time to be single”, but the fact that each verse follows up with another phrase lets me know that there will also be “a time to be in a relationship”. And THIS is what puts it in perspective.
My time is limited. My days, hours, and minutes are counted. There is a ticking time bomb going off. I may not be able to see what the numbers say, but they are very real. I only have a certain amount of time in this season that I will never be able to get back. So why am I wishing it away? Just because I move onto the next season that I want to be in doesn’t mean that I’ll be satisfied. If I’m never satisfied in my current season, what makes me think that I’ll be satisfied with my next “current season”?
Just like by the time that fall is here, a few weeks later, the stores will be filling up with Christmas decorations, countdowns will be everywhere you look, and just like that, we’ll be wishing away another season that we were never content in.
It’s a vicious cycle that prevents us from feeling thankful for the moment that we’re in. It’s a condition that is affecting our physical and emotional beings. We were never meant to live our lives wishing away each moment, but we were created to be grateful for the time that we have.We were never meant to live our lives wishing away each moment, but we were created to be grateful for the time that we have. Click To Tweet
What if we lived as though we knew we would never get this moment back and would never get the opportunity to walk through this exact season again? What if we really did become grateful for this season and live it in such a way that we could look back at it and genuinely admire how beautiful it was in creating our story?
What if we lived in each moment and loved it more than the last? Would our lives look different? Would we feel like our lives are flying right past us, or would we feel a deeper connection with our daily lives?What if we lived in each moment and loved it more than the last? Would our lives look different? Would we feel like our lives are flying right past us, or would we feel a deeper connection with our daily lives? Click To Tweet
Forget the pumpkin spice for now and breathe in the sunscreen air. Enjoy the long summer nights, popsicles, and lightning bugs, and live as though this was the only moment you have.