Months into this strange season we are living right now, and we’ve gotten far enough to track some metrics on our progress. These are peculiar days we are living! Who’s going to argue with me on that?
When in your imagination did you ever think you’d see a fight over toilet paper in a grocery store?
When in your thinking did you ever imagine you’d be told by the government that you should not leave your home for any reason unless absolutely necessary!?
How about being told to wear a medical mask everywhere you go and in every interaction with people. How many places have you see where they put info stickers on their entrances indicating to hats, glasses or MASKS that now have to go back and change all those indications!? And how have robberies not spiked in the process because of everyone now sporting masks?
Everything is different and nothing is normal. But what have we learned?
We cannot allow this time and season to escape us without noting something…a thousand things, we’ve learned through it.
This really draws my mind to the really familiar passage from Ecclesiastes 3 where the author, presumably King Solomon, wrote about there being a time for everything we endure in life. We live life in seasons. Every year is broken into seasons. Our lifetime can also be broken into seasons, think about it. We think in terms of years, days, months, hours, minutes, but what if there is something larger at work with less defined and structured parameters?
The season of parenting
The season of honeymooning
The season of sickness
The season of having teens
The season of being a teen
The season of just married
The season of being married for decades
The season of career
The season of retirement
The season of education
The season of depression
The terrible two’s (you know, the years between 2 and 22)
The season of corona
Everyone of these seasons comes with a gift of learning. We can either learn something and grow from it, or we can try to kick our feet up and close off the world until it passes. Ironically, we see a great number of people trying to do that every thing with this season of Corona. They do the same with seasons they don’t know what do to with.
How many people have you seen that are just trying to make it through?
They’re trying desperately to make it through early parenting.
Make it through parenting a teen.
Make it through the career or job they currently have
Make it through the marriage
The problem is making it through is the un-communicated mirage that believes once we’re through, it’ll be better.
As I stick a pin to your glitter filled balloon, don’t hate me on the other side.
IT’S NOT GOING TO BE BETTER!
The only thing you’re going to receive on the other side, besides trying desperately to vacuum all that glitter, is bitterness from having an expectation that could never be realized.
Can I be so bold to tell you that you did this to yourself!?
Adjust your expectations
Sink yourself into the season you are in and own it like a boss.
I’m going to say something ridiculously profound utterly simple. You ready?!
No one knows how to get through the season they are going through until they’ve gone through it.
No one knows how to get through the season they are going through until they've gone through it Click To Tweet
No one in our generation has lived through a pandemic like this. NO ONE.
And honestly, even if they did, the one they would have gone through previously would have been drastically different.
We have go to drop the victim lifestyle and mindset that we are trying to adopt because of the season.
And honestly, that applies to every season of life you are blessed to experience.
Every season has its own blessings.
Even the terrible ones.
It’s only through terrible seasons are you given the beauty and blessing of seeing the tremendous come through the terrible