I am embracing every moment of sunshine as summer comes to an end because I have seen how rough winters can be without a ray of sunshine. It is incredible how we can forget how the previous season looked like in the middle of every season. I am looking forward to the fall, with all its colors, beautiful trees, flowers, and my cool sweaters. Life is full of seasons; some are colorful, full of sunshine and glamour, while others are so gloomy and barren. I have memories I want to keep, moments of highs, outstanding achievements, and with family and friends, while I also have moments of pain and profound suffering that I wish I could hard reset from my life.
About a month ago, I got married to my beautiful, adorable wife, Amanda. As I have reflected on the last few months, she was my girlfriend, then my fiancee, and now, I have to get used to my ‘wife.’ It’s been a journey of transitions. I am learning to live with her as she tries to keep up with me and all I am and bring. We are both embarking on this new journey that we have not been on and figuring out everything as we go. These changes have gotten me to think about seasons of life!
We all are somewhere in the seasons of our life, some of you are starting college, maybe a new job or like me, just got married, perhaps a new relationship, new house, or a new country. At the same time, some of you are in deep pain, new diagnosis, divorce, breakup, job loss, even loss of loved one, or some of you are just stuck in a specific season you were hoping you would be out of. The truth is, we are all on a journey, experiencing life differently, and all of us have a story to tell.
Lately, I have been asking myself, what story do I want to tell in every season I find myself in? The Psalmist writes:
“I was young, and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing.”Psalms 37:25-26 NIV
David shares his experiences because he was full of life. He had experienced both pleasure and pains. His father had overlooked him, and his brothers had despised him not to forget he had to run for his life, and yet, David understood that God never forsakes His people. God never leaves us to fight alone, and He never abandons us.
I always remind my friends that they should look at how far they have come! It is never the time to give up no matter what season you are in. Whenever we are dealing with any harshness or adversity, we should remember God is with us.
Therefore, brethren, no matter what season you are in, learn to look back and see how God has been faithful and has never forsaken you and remember He says that he loves us- you are His son and daughter, created in his image and nothing can ever separate you from His love. Embrace the season you are in, lean in, and see what God has in store for you now and in the next season. Take a picture, enjoy the moment, the sun will shine again.