Good morning from the blogging world! The past few weeks has brought my life a mixture of change, hardship and joys. I celebrated my 24th birthday, was diagnosed with a hernia, spent time in the ER in excruciating pain, started my treatment for Lyme Disease and in a few short hours I will meet with the surgeon for a consultation for my hernia repair.
As I lay awake in bed this morning (way too early in my opinion! Ha) fighting nausea, pain and a migraine, a thought came swirling through my sleepy mind that has plagued both my husband and I during this difficult season of our lives.
“Am I living my life to the fullest?”
This is a multi-faceted question which at first glance appears particularly easy to answer. No. I’m not. I’m in pain 24/7, I’m extremely restricted on food choices, I’m on disability, I spend more time at the doctor’s office and labs than anywhere else, and the majority of time I am constricted to a wheelchair which limits the activities I am capable of participating in.
As you read this your life may appear entirely different than mine. You may have a job that is a daily stressor and holds you “captive” later than you desire. You may have gotten the news that you are pregnant earlier in your marriage than you imagined which restricts your grand plans of travel or adventure. Or perhaps, you too, have your own set of illnesses which “hold you back” in your own way.
Regardless of the exact circumstance, our lives look as though they are not being lived to their fullest. I want to provide a new set of glasses for you to glance through. Ones that help you appreciate your life as beautiful. A set that perceives your life as exactly that- YOUR life-nothing more and nothing less.
Often, we get overly wrapped up in what manner our Facebook friends present their lives or what a Pinterest perfect life should reflect. But let me take a second to show you the place I recently had to arrive.
That’s not my life!
I count it a privilege to walk this journey that has been designed especially for me by my Creator and Father who loves me more than I can fathom! Though I may have planned my life in a different way to ultimately end up in a different place, I am so thankful that I am not the one in control!
Scripture gives the analogy that God is the potter and we are His clay. He is molding us with His loving hands into a vessel that is beautiful and fit for use in the avenue that He has imagined for us. The Bible also reveals that we are fearfully and wonderfully made and that He formed us in our mother’s womb. He already knew the trials we would face, and each one is another spin around the Potter’s wheel.
Growing up, my dad was a wealth of knowledge and taught me many principles I still hold near and dear to my heart. One principle that stands out in my mind is the concept of “blooming where you’re planted”. All through my life this has related to different circumstances. Yet the principle couldn’t be more applicable than it is today.
Just as a year is comprised of seasons, our lives are similarly comprised of seasons. Chapters in our books, so to speak. Some are longer than we would like and some end prematurely. While looking through the glasses I spoke of earlier, it was revealed to me that it’s in the season I am currently in that I need to strive to live it to its fullest- not the life I want to have, or the things I want to do but can’t.
For instance, you wouldn’t wear shorts and a tank top during the winter with a foot of snow on the ground because you want it to be summer. You also wouldn’t wear boots, jeans and a blanket scarf during the summer when it’s 98 degrees with 100% humidity simply because you miss the snow. You bloom where you’re planted and you live out that season the way it was designed to be lived.
So. I challenge you. Are you living your life- this season, this chapter- to its fullest? Or are you aiming at an unrealistic goal to live for something you don’t or can’t have? If you spend your time dreaming of change, I challenge you to compare those changes you wish for against the Word of God, and ask Him to reveal to you if they are changes He desires for you or if they stem from a place of selfish ambition.
Are you with me? Will you join me in our current seasons to find joy in the pain, maximize our productivity, and most importantly- bloom where we’re planted?