Have you ever realized that people most often use the phrase “this too shall pass” to encourage you to endure through difficult seasons of life?
Your newborn baby has colic? It will pass.
Your toddler isn’t staying in his big boy bed? It will pass.
Your little one rips another laptop keys off the keyboard while you are typing a blog post? That too had better pass, because I am ticked. (I better be able to get the “6” key back on, or I’m going to have to call Dell again – and I don’t know how long my warranty covers toddler wear and tear.)
But I digress.
The hard seasons pass…..but so do the good.
I have been feeling very nostalgic the last few days, as we’ve ushered in September 2009. And I think it’s because I have been so aware of how blissfully normal September 2008 was.
Work was going well for me; I’d just gotten my long-awaited promotion. Seth was blossoming, even under different temporary childcare while we were waiting for this beauty to make her arrival. Our deck construction was complete, and we were enjoying the company of our friends. I was pregnant with the twins, but blissfully unaware. We felt there might be a change on the horizon, but we were still ignorant that the change would involve a cross-country move away from our families.
Life was good then.
And that isn’t to say that it isn’t good now. But now, things are good in spite of all that has transpired in the last 12 months, not just plain good because they’re good. Does that make any sense at all?
I guess all I’m trying to say, to you, and to me when I come back and read this someday, is: if you’re in a good place right now – stop and appreciate it. Bask in the mundane and the uncomplicated. If you are tempted to be “bored” with your everyday – don’t be.
Because this good season will eventually pass, too. And I don’t say that to discourage – it’s just a fact of life. Seasons come and go. Life brings both sunshine and rain.
So wherever you are at today, just rest and be still, and be content in the moment. Change will arrive soon enough.