Community Brew / Seasons

It is time again for Community Brew with Madison! :) Sorry I am a little later than usual posting this. I thought my scheduling saved but apparently it did not, and I just got home from work and realized there was no post! So sorry y'all. I am so thankful to have you linking up with us. Excited for today's topic of seasons and to read your posts!

First, meet the fabulous Rachel of Our Yellow Door. Rachel is such a sweetheart and has such a huge passion for Jesus, simplicity and pursuing creativity! Y'all need to check out her adorable blog and spend some time getting to know this gem of a woman! 

I’m Rachel Nordgren…a Jesus-loving, coffee-drinking, simplicity-seeking, belly-laugh-loving, happily-newly-married woman living smack dab in the middle of the country with a super fluffy sweetheart of a dog named Banjo and the cat my husband wanted. Our Yellow Door is inspiration for the simple life. Celebrating the amazing grace of God. Finding joy in the humble home. Cultivating a joyful, Christ-centered marriage. Intentionally caring for self and others.

Seasons...often we just think Summer, Winter, Spring, Fall...or life stages. However, I have learned that this word can be stretched much further than just those parameters. One of my favorite verses of all time is Acts 1:7, 'It is not for you to know the times or seasons fixed by the Authority of the Father." 

Let me take a minute to explain why this verse means so much to me. You see, I struggle with really resting in my current season. That season right now looks like this newly married wife to a PhD student...working full in a sometimes noisy apartment...pursuing creativity in new ways...and figuring out who I am as Rachel Cox (she is still pretty new, marriage can bring up so many identity issues that need sorting out!). 

This is one tough season...a season I honestly wish away many days out of my week. I dream of the day I wont have to get up before the sun and work on Saturdays (but seriously y'all, my job is the coolest ever so I don't mind most of the time). I plan about what type of house Ben and I will buy, when we begin trying to have children, how I can grow my Etsy shop and blog once I stay at home full time...I dream about what it will be like for my husband to come home every day at 5 instead of 6:30 or 7. I wish away the days of tight grocery budgets....I just find myself wishing it all to be different than it is. 

I struggle to rest, and not wonder and dream about the seasons ahead. So this verse in Acts keeps me in check. It is a bucket of cold water to my discontentment and day dreaming. It is not for me to know to seasons...they are fixed by the Lord's authority! He is supposed to know about them. I am supposed to focus on today. 

There is another passage in James that speaks to the struggle of wishing our seasons away..."Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15

The Lord never intends us to plan years in advance, or really even weeks. He desires for us to rest in the present. This is so difficult for me, and something I have to remember often. The idea of savoring my season is something I turn my nose up at because sounds hard! 

The Lord has shown me He will provide for me, and he has a plan for me that will bring himself great glory and will not harm me. So I am learning to trust that. I am learning to make the most of an old apartment surrounded by sometimes rowdy college students, and how to enjoy Sunday mornings like I once did with Saturdays, and how to be creative with a tight grocery budget and still make whole food meals...I am learning, and it is a painfully beautiful process! Can I get an Amen?! 

How do you view seasons? What do they mean to you?