I've come to realize I struggle within myself to be content in the now. What I mean is that I find myself always thinking the next season of life will be when I will actually be content. In my early adult years it was-when I graduate college and start my career. Then it was when my income reaches a certain dollar amount. I thought once I get married.... Once I have kids.... And on and on the story goes.
I feel God compelling me to enjoy the journey. Live in the here and now. Bloom where I am planted.
This morning I sat outside and found myself fascinated by a cluster of tulips. You see this is our first Spring in this house, so all of the plants blooming are new to me. I have this brick area that the former owner put in. The bricks are laid right up to the house. My guess is that these bricks are over ground that was formerly a garden area. And in a very tight space between the pavers and the house, blooms this beautiful cluster of tulips. It is not the ideal space for these flowers. Nor, is it an expected place for them to come up. But they are breathtaking!
What would happen if we would simply bloom in the places we are planted? To flourish in our beauty, gifts, and strengths no matter where our lives are at? I pray like Paul, that I can learn to be content in all situations and circumstances.
"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."
Today I cahallenge myself and you to ask God to reveal the area's being wasted by the longing for ....someday....when... tomorrow.