Hello friends! How are you? Life here has been kind of hectic lately, but is returning to normal ~ or a new normal anyway. So, you may have read about the book that I am working my way through here. It is so great and so many light bulbs are lighting up for me. Well, the next chapter especially clicked for me. Author Casey talks about how to cultivate life right where you are right now. It was such a good lesson for me that I thought I should share it with you.
As I am sure you know personally, life has many ups and downs. You have no doubt found yourself at one time or another in a particularly challenging or painful time. If you are anything like me you have questioned why it is happening to you. Or maybe you’ve wondered what you did or didn’t do to ‘deserve’ this challenge or this pain. Well, Casey explains that (as you may have heard) there is a season for everything in life. Just as a seed in the ground must fight its way through the dirt to the light, we also have to go through dark periods and struggles to get to the light, or our purpose.
Something about the analogy of a seed in the dirt really made me “get it” in a way I hadn’t before. I have always had faith that God has a plan in my life, but sometimes I ‘forget’ that in the midst of a struggle. Have you ever been through something where you have felt like that? Well, it is exactly that season of your life where you are being prepared to grow or to bloom.
Casey also compares the seasons of the year to seasons in our lives. She suggests that the seasons in our lives give our life balance. A time to rest, a time to bloom, a time to grow, a time of waiting. When I think about that, I can look back on my life and see the different ‘seasons’ that i have been through. I see that as a new mom I was in a spring season, full of growth and change. I see that as I settled into my role as a mom I was in a period of summer – a time for working hard, pruning weeds (disciplining my boys), tending to my garden (family). And now, it is fall with my boys. As they leave my nest, I can see the fruit of my labor with them. It is a harvest time.
When I think about life in this way, it makes sense to me. And now I feel like I am entering the winter season. My boys are leaving and my role is changing. What was my main purpose in my life is changing. They do not need me in the same ways. So, this is period of changing and waiting and reflecting. I find myself looking forward to a new spring and a new life. It is scary for sure, and full of changes.
I can see these same seasons when I reflect on my career and on my relationships. I can see that past mistakes and past heartaches were a way of preparing me for what was lying ahead. It is nice to look back and see the purpose of those difficult periods. Those times of coming undone really prepared me to grow and become new again. It is also comforting to know that we all have these seasons. Moreover, they are just that ~ a season. They do not last forever. So, in the hard times take comfort. You are growing and being prepared. And in the good times, savor and enjoy the fruit of your labors.
Casey end the chapter talking about how we should embrace the tension. If you find yourself in a difficult season, you don’t have to love it. However, we should let it be and have faith in what is coming. Remember that whatever feelings we have about our circumstances, they are just that ~ feelings. Rest in what you know to be TRUTH and continue moving forward in faith. We don’t have to be perfect…in fact, we never will be, right?
I am loving every page I read of this book. I would love for you to read along with me. Is it too bold for me to say it is life changing? Well, if you are interested, you can find the book here. I am not affiliated with Lara Casey in any way whatsoever. I just LOVE what she is saying. #preachgirl I will leave you today with one of Casey’s nuggets of wisdom. This is on page 57 of her book Cultivate – A Grace Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life:
You past mistakes, your story, your heartache, your circumstances, and the tension you feel right now in your season – every bit of it is part of your growing ground.
And just to give you a little more of Casey goodness:
Until next time~