Discontentment And Déjà Vu Days //
Where are you today? Sitting at work staring at the clock on the wall, praying time would just move a little faster? Or, are you at university thinking of the to-do list for the week? Are you daydreaming about graduation, your wedding day or getting settled in a job or house? Wherever you are in your journey, are you restless, discontent with where you are, or in need of a little perspective?
I'll start by saying this... we’ve all been there. But, let me encourage you by saying that wherever you’re at, or whatever you’re struggling with, it’s for such a specific reason. There IS a purpose for it. So don’t wish it away. Don’t go through the motions and just get through it. I'm speaking to myself here, too! God doesn't want us to just float through every day, waiting for it to be over. He wants us to THRIVE! He wants us to truly live and surrender all of our struggles and broken hearts for His joy and strength. We have a Saviour who promises us that He has a plan for us, and that He will work ALL things for the good of those who love Him. If there's one thing I've learnt thus far in 2017, it's that God does not let us go through things for no reason. I'm one of those people that simply cannot comprehend the purpose of trials until afterwards, but nevertheless- the purpose remains. He is good.
These past couple of weeks have felt like I'm in an 'in-between' season of my life. It's seemed as though I've been just getting by, and all my focus was on getting to the next season. I was missing what God was doing in the present. In doing this I was missing the importance of each moment in the present.
I came across this quote the other day, it's taped into my bible, and it really spoke to me and awakened my Spirit to the importance of every moment. It reads: “Where you are right now – where God has placed you in each moment- that is your kingdom. That very place is the piece of God’s kingdom that He has entrusted to you whether you believe your kingdom is substantial or completely irrelevant, it is still yours and it is still His. You are His. He has brought you here on your journey for such a time as this.”
Wow. So many elements of that hit me and I just.....wow. I was reminded that this life i'm living is HIS. In a world full of people living for themselves it's SO easy to get unmotivated or disheartened when we aren't 'feeling' it. But this is still a part of God's kingdom that He has entrusted me with!! For such a time as THIS!
Our life is a journey. It’s a story of all the ups, downs and seasons we go through. Sometimes, we're in lame, boring, or weird seasons of life. We find ourselves longing to get to the season when we're financially secure or working our dream job. But, God wants to move in those awkward, boring seasons of life – when we feel like were dragging our feet through the mud with every step. He wants to work during those days when we just don’t feel like getting out of bed. He wants to change our hearts and thoughts from being negative, to being thankful. When we're thankful and content with where we are, and what God has given us, we will have joy.
Paul tells us in Philippians, “I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”
I know most of us know Philippians 4:13 like the back of our hand, but have you really read it in context?! Paul is telling us that through the strength Christ pours over us, we can find contentment in all circumstances. Did you get that? Christ wants us to be at peace. He doesn’t want us restless and discontent, wishing away whatever season of life He has us in. He wants us to be joyful and at rest with where we are. Knowing that whatever comes our way, we can handle it with Him by our side. He will give us the strength to live through any and every circumstance.
So, friend, instead of wishing away this season, ask the Lord to use you and shape you through the lame seasons. Life isn’t always going to be good. We’re going to go through trials and just flat out dumb stuff, but with Christ, we can still have joy. Through His strength we can find contentment and be at peace in any situation we are in. I encourage you today to lay down whatever it is that is stealing your joy. And keep laying it down. For me, this still needs to be a daily thing- and that's okay. Don’t wish away where you are, embrace it instead. Dive in headfirst knowing that you have a Father who is working all things for your good. Thank Him for this season, believing and knowing that He is using this to strengthen your faith and endurance. We always have the promise of knowing His plans are good.
Read over Philippians 4:13 with this new insight this week!
Love, N. x