As a mom of three (two boys and one girl), I can’t count the number of times in my life I have said, “I can’t wait!” “I can’t wait to be done with diapers!” “I can’t wait until they are old enough to play sports!” “I can’t wait until I don’t have to cook 2 pounds of spaghetti to feed the kids!” “I can’t wait for football season to be over!”
It seems like I’m so busy thinking about the next season, I forget to cherish the season I’m in. Unfortunately, I didn’t really realize this until last year. My children are now 17, 15 and 12 ½. I was complaining (just being real here!) about how busy we were with football. I said something to my husband about “ just wanting this week to be over with,” and he gently said to me, “We don’t have too many football seasons left.” Wow! He was right. How quickly had time gone by!
Five years ago feels like yesterday; I can remember five years ago. Then I started thinking what my life, our lives, would look like in five years. Jake and Josh would both be in college. Jenna would be in high school. Oh my goodness! That’s what it’s going to be like in five years?! Why am I in such a hurry for every season to be over? What happened to trying to cherish each moment?
God moved me right then and there. I needed to stop being in a hurry. I needed to stop wanting “this season” to be over so I could move onto the next season. I needed to start cherishing where I was in my life. I needed to start making every effort possible to grab those moments and hold on to them. I needed to remember to make memories.
Often in our lives, we speak of the seasons we are going through. When the seasons are tough and God is stretching us, all we want is for the season to be over with. But what we have to remember is that God is using each season in our lives to teach us, grow us and make us stronger. I have memorized the scriptures where God speaks of causing good to come from all things and to rejoice in problems and trials. Now I just need to remember to live life like this in every season.
I am so thankful for a God who is gentle and strong. A God who gives us His word and reminds us daily of His love and patience. It’s true that I can’t wait until I see him face to face, but I know He has more for me to do while I am here. I can wait and in the meantime, I’ll be the wife, mother and godly leader He has called me to be. I will cherish each season and give him all the glory.