I’ve always looked at my life through seasons. Some simply say, this is a tough season or a season of blessings. My seasons tend to overlap and get messy. The overlapping also provides the opportunity to see the blessings no matter what season I am in. Seeing the blessings in a season has never been enough for me. For me it is finding how to to actually ’embrace’ the season.
Looking at the word, Embrace
accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically.”besides traditional methods, artists are embracing new technology”synonyms: welcome, welcome with open arms, accept, take up, take to one’s heart, adopt
Accept. That’s a biggie. You did not ask for this season. This heartache, financial concerns, loss of a loved one, divorce. Yet we need to come to the place of acceptance. With the word embrace, it even says to do so willingly, enthusiastically. To take to one’s heart. There it is. The heart. That’s where He is. That’s where He meets us.
As I sit here in my 70 year old mom’s, comfy creme recliner in the dark, cool corner of her bedroom and write this, I’m embracing the moment. Divorce is something that was never said in our house. Not growing up and not in my own 24 year marriage. But here I am. All of my belongings packed up into storage and staying at my mom’s house. Sharing a tiny bedroom with my daughter. All of my comforts piled on top of each other in storage rooms with concrete floors and garage doors. I am someone who creates atmosphere every where I am. For me, for my family. There is no room for atmosphere as my daughter and I try to contain ourselves to this tiny room. It takes every inch to just hold what we brought for our lives the past 3 months and the next 3 months.
But, I’m choosing. I’m embracing. And He is blessing.
What can I do, right here where I am? Physically, Emotionally, Spiritually.
Those are very healthy questions to ask myself. Maybe for you to ask yourself too. I believe that God wants me asking those questions. He doesn’t want me miserable, in-content, complaining and bitter. He loves me don’t you know? He loves you too. He’s with you, He has plans for you. I knew the moment I had to pack up the NashPad and put our belongings in storage to return to Fl, that I needed to get a grip on how I could embrace this time. If I did not embrace it, I was definitely going to become all of the above.
So here I am, adding to my list on how I can embrace this time here in Fl. Cause, let me tell you. I could write a list of my complaints, my frustrations and my disappointments. A long one! Don’t think for a moment that making the decision to embrace will make that ‘other list’ get out of your head. But you can sure begin to refocus, and that other list will not get into your heart.
Encouraging you today, to embrace the season you are in. This too shall pass, and what will you be able to say at the end? How did you weather the season?
This song has been playing over and over in my head. (and on my Spotify list!) It is All Sons and Daughters song, You have called me higher.
I could just sit
I could just sit and wait for all your goodness
Hope to feel your presence
And I could just stay
I could just stay right where I am and hope to feel you
Hope to feel something again
And I could hold on
I could hold on to who I am and never let You change me from the inside
And I could be safe
I could be safe here in Your arms and never leave home
Never let these walls down
But you have called me higher
You have called me deeper
And I will go where you will lead me Lord
You have called me higher
You have called me deeper
And I will go where you lead me Lord
Where you lead me
Where you lead me Lord
And I will be Yours
I will be Yours for all my life
So let Your mercy light the path before me
He has called us higher.
Higher than our circumstances.
Go deeper, go higher.
We have wings as the eagles. Soar! I am.