Florida is a fickle state when it comes to weather, and Jacksonville, Florida is consistently living in a state of confusion. Seasons usually don’t arrive to Florida until about January. Unfortunately for this girl, summer is a painful sweaty season that continues through the fall months. Beautiful and breezy fall that the northern states experience are replaced with a never ceasing summer that feels a little bit like a sauna drizzled with a non-existent hurricane warning. Winter then randomly surprises everybody including our meteorologists for about 4 weeks in mid-January and just when this girl can finally wear her fall gear summer returns with a vengeance around March. And so the glorious cycle of sweat continues. I have found that my life seasons sometimes mirror the Florida weather, unpredictable and the only thing I can be certain of is that I am going to be uncomfortable.
Embracing my current season has never been easy. But as the wise Pastor Kerri Weems recently said,
“How you finish one season will determine how you start the next.”
So here I am…trying to finish strong. But if I am completely honest, I’d have to say I don’t necessarily always finish well or finish strong. I usually am just so relieved to have crossed the line of the season that I bypass any desire to finish the season high fiving anyone at the finish line. And FUGGETAHBOUT embracing all the lessons I was meant to learn. In my early twenties you’da been lucky if I remembered anything good at all. I won’t lie, there are still remnants of that immature kid that likes to remind me its hot! Even now as I am entering into a new season it still feels a lot like summer… I find myself still uncomfortable… still having to wear gear I don’t necessarily like or prefer…but this season that never seems to end is where God has me. It’s where God is molding me, building my character, and I am being developed. The funny thing about living in a permanent state of summer is I’ve gotten real good at not sweatin’ and learned in moments where I can’t take the heat to find the metaphorical shade.
So, how does one embrace their season? We do it by living surrendered and embracing Jesus. Ya know that whole Shadow of His wings thing, yea, they weren’t joking about that. It works.
If I’ve learned anything in my thirty-three years its that surrendered is the only way to live. Life was never meant to be easy, or comfortable, it was meant to be surrendered. So if you’re living through a season that you really just want to escape from, remember that…
– Joy isn’t found in the easy seasons where everything is working out great, joy is found in Jesus.
– Peace and rest aren’t found in the seasons where there’s no busyness or time is abundant. Peace and rest are found in Jesus.
– The only way you can embrace your season is by surrendering yourself and embracing Jesus.
Everything leads back to Jesus. EVERYTHING.