The summertime is almost here and if you are a lucky college student like me, it has already arrived! This season has always had a special place in my heart. There is nothing like feeling the warm sun on my brown skin, hearing the splashing water of my brother and cousins playing in the pool, and the scent of hamburgers cooking on the grill. Now, as a young adult living in a completely different state, most of my summer days are spent inside of a college classroom or on the first floor of the library. Nevertheless, I still love walking past flowers in full blossom and sunshine making the concrete sparkle.
For most of us, summertime always seems like a second chance at New Years. All those resolutions that we forgot about we tend to instantly remember with the year’s first sweep of pollen. This is true in the Christian world too except instead of calling it New Years Resolutions Part II, we call it a season change and if you are like me, it is definitely time for a season change in my life.
According to the King James Version of the bible from av1611.com, a season is considered to be the following:
SE’ASON. n. se’zn. – Season literally signifies that which comes or arrives; and in this general sense, is synonymous with time.
I know. It is pretty confusing. A season in your life isn’t always when the spring becomes summer and the summer fall? Sometimes, it is a period in time that God dedicates to a particular element of your life. Some seasons are harder than others but, just like the seasons that God created for our earth, the seasons that God places in your life too will pass.
I have had this on my heart for a little bit because I have seen too many of my close friends, family members, and even the girl who looks back at me in the mirror getting too wrapped up in the idea that a particular season in their life won’t ever pass.
For myself, I have just finished up my second year in college and something about it didn’t feel like an accomplishment at all. Actually, it felt like the opposite, a disappointment. I didn’t feel like myself. I didn’t feel like I was accomplishing everything that I knew I could. But most importantly, I felt that I was living my life for others around me instead for my God. Let me tell y’all, that is something that will really mess you up. I wasn’t talking to God like how I should have been. In fact, to be honest, I was ignoring him. I thought I knew better than him. I thought that making friends was more important than spending quiet time with Him. I thought that staying up late on a Saturday night and not going to church the next morning would be “okay” because God understood the circumstances. It’s true, I know God understood what I was going through which made it worse that I was ignoring him so badly. Don’t get me wrong, throughout those time I was strong in my faith, but not as strong as I wanted to be and that made me unhappy—physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
As I plan for this new season in my life, I know that I am planning for a better woman academically, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. I pray for honesty, love, and strength within myself and all others who are ready to enter this new season of life. I feel like I truly have lost a lost a lot these past two years—love, friends, opportunities, but mostly myself. Little did I know that the only thing that was holding me back was myself. God was just waiting on me to decide when it was time for this new season in my life. All I had to do was pray and ask for guidance.
Have you ever seen a tree near your house or on your favorite trail during your morning runs? God is like that tree and as children of God, blessed brilliant beauties, I wish you too to strive to be as such—strongly rooted with nutrients that cause you to do nothing less but grow and blossom into your own unique beautiful image of God.
Psalm 1:3 says that
“He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”
Blessed, brilliant beauties, whatever and wherever you are in your season, the beginning or the end, I wish for you to prosper and not wither.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 says that
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;”
This is your season. Stay truthful. Stay yourself. Stay kind and remember that you are blessed, brilliant, and beautiful!