Somewhere in the world, there’s a single woman who wishes she were a married, stay-at-home mom. And somewhere in the world, there’s also a married woman who wishes she were a corporate boss-babe. Somewhere else in the world, there’s an elderly person who longs for anybody to visit them and show them love. Yet somewhere else, there is a single man who wants to know what love is but is afraid to allow anyone to show him.
We all crave the next step on our journey. At times, we all want to be somewhere different than where we are in our current situations.
That’s because we were created to host visions, dreams and goals. We were created to see what we want; plan for it; accomplish it, and start all over again.
In fact, it’s rare for individuals to float through life without wanting something better for themselves and their children.
Even as young as age 6, my daughter knew that she wanted to dance on a big stage in front of a big crowd. And with hard work and perseverance, she finally made it at age 11. Only to have her dreams evolve into something totally different by the time she was 13.
She may have been able to progress with age and hard work, but it’s not always that simple.
What if you wake up 5 years later and you’re still in the same position?
Where did we go wrong?
When our lives don’t quite measure up to the ideals we envisioned within the timeframes we had hoped for, we begin second guess ourselves. Sometimes, we go as far to question the strength and compassion of a God who would allow certain circumstances in our lives.
Nonetheless, God has a plan that’s greater than anything we could ever imagine. He knows what we need and when we need it. He knows if we have developed the character to sustain the blessings that we ask Him for.
If we would just trust him, we would learn to enjoy where we are, on the way to where we are going.
It doesn’t matter how long it takes or how many bruises we collect on the way. Because it’s important to note that each bruise carries a very important lesson. One that can easily be overlooked when we are too busy focusing on how we’re going to escape from the holding room that God has us in.
And when the lesson gets overlooked, it sets us up for continuous failure in that phase of our lives. Because,
any lesson not learned, gets repeated.
When you make the same mistakes over and over again, it’s because you missed a lesson, somewhere along the way. You didn’t stop to reflect on what you did wrong and what you could learn from the mistake. Whether you blamed everyone else; chose denial; or pretended that it never happened.
How will you walk this Journey?
Where ever you are in life, please know that you’re not alone on an island, experiencing life’s disappointing moments by yourself. There are others going through the same things and there are others who are going through much worse.
The factor that makes the difference in your enjoyment level, is how you choose to handle your current situation.
In the Old Testament, the children of Israel took 40 years to complete an 11 day journey. They were stuck in the wilderness— due to their own complaining and idolatry—repeating the same lessons. The sooner we change our attitudes, the sooner we get to our promised land.
You can choose to be bitter, angry, and resentful, which will lead to you being stagnant.
Or you can choose to be content, prayerful, and thankful, which will lead to progression.
The choice is yours.