As my family is in another waiting season (nothing to do with babies this time!) I found this quote pulled from Melodie Beatie’s The Language of Letting Go. I jotted it down for the first time when we were in the waiting season of fertility treatments, and even though the reasons why are different, the words resonate just as deeply this morning as they did years ago, when I read them for the first time:
This moment, we are right where we need to be, right where we are meant to be.
How often we waste our time and energy wishing we were someone else, were doing something else, or were someplace else. We may wish our present circumstances were different.
We needlessly confuse ourselves and divert our energy by thinking that our present moment is a mistake. But we are right where we need to be, for now. Our feelings, thoughts, circumstances, challenges, tasks- all of it is on schedule.
We spoil the beauty of the present moment by wishing for something else.
We are where we are, and it is okay. It is right where we’re meant to be to get where we are going tomorrow. And that place will be good.
It has been planned in love for us.
– Melody Beatie
God can use any circumstance, situation, or place in order to work in our lives. He can move through the painful, difficult times, and through the joyful, restful times. But if we are busy bemoaning our present lot in life, we may miss His working and His moving. On the other hand, if we focus on HIM in each moment, we will recognize Him even in the smallest of places.
So I am working on having a contented, grateful heart, that is focused on Christ, and not on circumstances. Because He is greater than ANY circumstance that comes our way, and because He works ALL things together for the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28)
“We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character and hope.” -Romans 5:3-4