I don’t know about you, but I can often be the kind of person who spends more time looking forward to the future than I do actually enjoying where I am right now. I can be so busy thinking about where we are going to live next, which job I am going to do next, what names I would like to call our potential future children, that I almost forget to live in the present. It’s not that I don’t love where I am right now, it’s just that I can get so excited about what’s going to happen next, that I am not fully present now.
For some people it may be slightly different they might hate where they are right now and long for things to change.
For some people the exact opposite is true, I’m sure we all know some older people who talk about the good old days for hours, week in and week out. They seem to forget that they,re still living, that rather than reliving old memories, they could be making new ones.
A few years ago I was given a fridge magnet which read “grow where God plants you”
Where you are right now might not be where you want to end up. If this is true for you I want to resasure you that God is working in you right where you are. In the bible Joseph spent many years in prison before his dreams were fulfilled and the Israelites wandered the dessert for 40 years before they reached the promised land.
When a woman gets pregnant she does not give birth immediately, that would be an absolute disaster. She waits nine months for the baby to grow inside of her. Yes she is excited for the baby’s arrival, but she knows that these nine months are an important and precious time as well. Hopefully she uses this time to get ready, learning as much as she can about caring for a child and stocking up on nappies and whatever else she might need.
God can use you in the waiting period as well, maybe it’s a time for preparation, a time for growth, or maybe God wants to lead you in a new direction , whatever it is, grow where God plants you.
If you are the opposite and tend to spend a lot of time looking back, please remember that God isn’t finished with you yet. Encourage younger people, get involved with things you never thought you could do, pass on wisdom, learn something new. Yes reflecting is a good thing, but don’t get so lost in the past you forget to live today.
I want to leave you with one of my favourite passages from the bible, from the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3:
A Time for Everything
3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
There is a time for everything, but no matter what you are experiencing, remember to grow where God plants you.