Before I became a mom, I was on staff at our church and helping out at my parent’s restaurant. I enjoyed staying busy, and felt it was necessary if I wanted to be accomplishing anything. Then Jimmy and I had our baby girl, we moved away from our hometown, and I was no longer working.
The first few months I was learning a lot about my baby, and it was all a blur. After settling into a routine, however, I began to feel like my time was consumed entirely by changing diapers, feeding, and trying to nap when the baby napped. All the other moms would tell me to enjoy this time because it was so special and it would go by so fast. That was all sweet and nice, but I couldn’t help but feel that I was supposed to be doing more than this. Inside, I felt like I wasn’t accomplishing anything with my life.
I remember one Sunday morning at church I began to cry as soon as worship started. I was so sad and unhappy with where I was. And in that moment the Lord spoke to me and asked me this question, “ Are you preparing yourself today for where I am taking you tomorrow?”
Many times in life we are so ready to get to where we are going that we devalue what is happening now. Sometimes when it seems like nothing is happening, God is just using our current season to prepare us for the next step. In Ecclesiastes 3 we read that for everything in our lives there is a season and a time for every purpose.
When I am looking up recipes for something I want to cook, there are always two different times to be aware of: the “prep time” and the “cook time.” The “prep time” tells you how long it will take to gather supplies, mix ingredients, preheat the oven, etc. If I focus on just the “cook time” I will vastly underestimate the amount of time that I’m going to spend in the kitchen. Many times in life we do just that: we value the “getting there” but forget that there is always a preparation time.
In the same way that you can’t just decide to go out and run a marathon without putting in the time and training, there are times in our lives that God is focused on preparing us for the next leg of our race.
My daughter is now a few weeks from being one year old and though it went by faster than I expected, I can honestly say that I tried to enjoy every moment with her and just submerged myself in God because right now I have time and opportunity to do so. Every season in life will come with its highs and lows, but also with each season comes a different responsibility. I want to be able to look back and say that I fully embraced each season in life. Don’t look at your today and be in such a hurry to get to your tomorrow that you miss out on what God has for you now!
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