It’s the slump you encounter after vacation. The murky valley you find yourself trudging through after a riveting conference or meaningful women’s retreat. Or what some of us are currently experiencing, the end-of-the-summer decrescendo letdown and meltdown.
And as much as we may want to insta solve our boo-hoo/whoa-is-me/life-is-back-to-normal problems and hop on a plane headed for Bermuda or the Bahamas (wouldn’t that be nice), we need to look for solutions in our own backyard. (Well not our actual backyards, but that’s another post.)
Why oh why do we let our circumstances dictate our responses? Seriously.
It’s like we somehow forget that nothing, I repeat, NOTHING has changed. We are still loved by the same God, walking on the same earth, and living out the same glorious plan He had for us yesterday.
Like forgetful children we push aside the day’s miracles and wonders forgetting to look for His fingerprints in the now. We hanker for what was – rather than what is.
Now in the past, my turn-to solution was to drown my After longings with feverishly planning out the next would be. But hungering for the next big thing can blind us to the joys of the here and now.
I want to be a woman who seeks the face of her Father before she stretches out her hand and her heart toward social media, anxiously wondering what people’s reactions will be in regard to the posts and pics from her latest adventures.
I don’t want to get so caught up living for what was that I forget about my own precious family who are right here, smack dab in front of me. And let me tell you, I’m very guilty of this one.
I want to believe big and love wide. Loving and dreaming, but living in the present.
It’s hard, I know. And I’ve struggled with this same thing over and over. I get all weighed down, muddling through, overwhelmed by how wonderful things were and how blah things are now in comparison. I tend to want to wallow and whine rather than have a heart of thankfulness for what I just experienced.
But our Father has a better solution, a better plan. He tells us to cast our cares because He cares. He reminds us to rest rather than default to worry.
Honestly, I think in His heart of hearts He just wants us to reside in a place of contentment, allowing Him to love and lead us in the now, trusting Him to take care of the concerns of yesterday and the yearnings of tomorrow.
Yes, yesterday may have been unforgettable. But today is a gift as well. We can choose to recognize it as such, or let it slip through our fingers like sand, wasted and unappreciated.
So dear sweet mama, let’s seek Him in the every day and praise Him in the now.
For when our eyes are fully open, we will find Him in the same ol’ same ol’.
And I’m guessing we will discover something else too. That He was really there all along.