So Many Tennis Shoes, So Little Time: Embracing the Season You're In
Right now, my life is all about tennis shoes. Because of arthritis, everywhere I go I have to wear tennis shoes. Dress = tennis shoes. Jeans = tennis shoes. Sequins? Yep, tennis shoes. At first, okay and maybe every other day since then, I missed my heels and the strong and sassy feeling I got when wearing them. How can one pull off the unexpected Walmart Glam look when there are no heels in the picture? The struggle is real. But ever so slowly I am growing rather fond of my new sneaker collection. There are the almost too pretty to wear rose gold ones with a tiny feather on the heel, and the black animal skin zipper ones. My new favorites are my white and gold New Balance….those are my favorite two colors. Collectively, I feel like my shoes get me. They are on my team. We are settling into this relationship rather well, the shoes and I. I’m not sure if we will be together forever but I think I am finally ready to admit that we are family and embrace the life they carry with them.
Every season in life brings with it an opportunity to grow and change in the way we see ourselves, our world and our God. Each one being as bountiful as the next. When the winds of life blow a new season into our midst, we can choose to fight to stay in the old, doing things the old way, the comfortable way, or we can choose to pull on a jacket and step into the unknown. It may feel upside down, inside out and all kinds of crazy weird, but maybe that is just what you are needing at this very moment! Maybe just maybe God knows you need a little change of scenery to show you something new about yourself. Maybe in this new place you will be able to feel His nudge more tenderly and hear His voice more clearly. And who knows, maybe this new and scary place is really the place for which you have longed---the place where big things will happen and you will finally be able to say, “This is what I was made for!”
Embracing the season you are in can be hard, especially when life as you know it ceases to exist. For some, change is incredibly scary and makes us want to hold on to the old and the comfortable. But change comes for a reason. Just as each season prepares the earth for the next, just as spring makes way for summer and winter releases into spring, each season of our lives is preparation for all that God longs to give us in the next. Are you in a hard season? A dry season? A season of rest or movement? Embrace the season you are in knowing there is much to be learned along the way. For as sure as the sun rises in the east, a new season will come and build upon the opportunity you are being given right now.