A few nights ago I found myself lamenting to my husband that there are so many things I would like for my life, my home, and my family that I just can’t have right now. He reminded me of the Old Testament scripture that states, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
My husband told me that unlike what the world tells me, I can in fact have everything… just not all at the same time. He told me to look and see what desires were in season right now and work at achieving them while looking forward to the desires that will be in season for me in the future. A few examples of my time and season desires put into perspective are:
At almost 6 months along in a difficult pregnancy, I may not be able to be perfectly physically fit/toned, size 6-8 and able to wear all my favorite clothes. However, I can focus on being healthy and as physically fit as I can be. Then later after my son is born I can work at achieving the rest.
While living in an apartment, I can’t paint the walls or customize the rooms as I want. There isn’t enough space for our things and little to no places to store things. The kitchen is small, and there is no fenced in yard where our little girl can play (or I can garden…) However, I can still do my best to organize and decorate my apartment to make it into a home while we live here. I can live with a small kitchen till we move, and as for no yard I can take my daughter on walks to the park to play, and have my garden in pots on my back porch. Then when we do get a house I will have plenty of opportunity to do all the things I have been wanting to make it the home of my dreams.
Right now at just under two years of age my darling daughter suffers from what my brother calls A.D.O.S. Attention Deficit Ohhh Shiny. This makes scripture study, family devotional, book reading etc all difficult. Right now I can do these things with my husband for our benefit and hope some of it sinks into my child’s over active mind. If we establish the patterns for these important activities now while my children are young then later when they are older, can comprehend more, and may even need it more the tradition is set.
I am grateful for a wise husband who helped me to see how I can embrace all that God has given me right now, while I look forward and plan for what will have in the future.