For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1, NLT).
I’ve been thinking about the seasons of life lately and how quickly they seem to change. I remember when our sweet baby boy used to fall asleep while I nursed him. This rarely happens anymore and I can’t believe how quickly it passed. Did I savor every moment? Or did I rush through the newborn stage because I was exhausted? I try to live with no regrets, but it’s not always easy! What about you? Do you ever feel like certain seasons or stages take forever? Then when they are gone, do you wish for the good old days?
You never know how long you will be in a season. Life isn’t always easy or how we want it to be. But does that mean we should give up? Certainly not! Through Jesus we can claim unspeakable joy and abundant life. Through every season we have the King of Kings living in our hearts. We can’t forget this important truth during the good or the bad seasons.
As a mother with small children I often feel this season of life is messy and crazy. In good and not so good ways. I love snuggles, baby kisses and laughing out loud when my kids do something silly. But if I’m being honest I don’t always love the mess. Can I say that again? The CONSTANT mess that seems to be our house. There are days where I feel like I don’t get anything accomplished. I’m just trying to prevent yet another tantrum.
During these crazy seasons, I sometimes struggle with dreaming of my past life as well as wishing for the next best thing. Motherhood is hard work. There are many days where I put my needs last. If everyone is hungry, I eat last. I may or may not get any time to myself. In these moments I sometimes find myself having a I’ll Be Happy When Mentality. I’ll be happy when… I get more of a break, the kids are older and more independent, summer is here! Fill in the blank. It’s not bad to look forward to things or to remember the good old days, but you don’t want to let it distract you from living in the present moment.
When I really sit back and think about life, I realize it moves so quickly. As I said at the beginning of this post some days I yearn for a baby boy who sleeps in my arms. I already feel sentimental that our baby boy is half way through his first year. But instead of moping or wishing for things, I’ve decided to embrace the season I’m in right now! Living in the present. Soaking up the great moments and even the not so great moments.
I want to close with one of my favorite quotes on motherhood from the Bible. After Jesus was born, and the shepherds came to visit Him in the manger, Luke 2:19 states “But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.” May we treasure each moment of motherhood and hold the memories close to our hearts.
How do you embrace all the seasons of life?