“Appreciate where you are in your journey, even if it’s not where you want to be. Every season serves a purpose.”
I saw this quote the other day and took a screen shot of it.
Maybe you are like me and on a part of the journey you would definitely rather skip. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely things about right now I certainly treasure, but other aspects seem overwhelming. As I look in the mirror, I can see the added stressors in the multiplying white hair on my head and pimples on my face – I guess that’s a part of the late 30’s!
I keep reminding myself to think about other difficult times of the past and remember that God brought me out stronger than before. And this quote helps me remember that. It helps me understand that this is a season – it won’t last forever. I need to be thankful for the parts of this season that are precious and understand that the difficulties of this season can help build my strength and character for the future.
But, let’s face it, it’s hard to keep this mindset – in fact, I don’t believe we can on our own. This is where we must have God at the center of our camp for the journey as Steve reminded us last Sunday. God can help us keep a healthy, heavenly perspective for our journey.
I love teaching about Paul’s literal journey! Perhaps because I love travel so much! He gives us such wonderful encouragement even though his journey was filled with trials. He was able to maintain the heavenly perspective and share peace and hope to those he met as well as to all those who read his letters still to this day.
I will leave you with his words to encourage you. Let’s remember his words and keep them on our hearts as we continue the journey.
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
Romans 5: 1-5