Outdoor Bug

Well, as nice weather to enjoy the outdoors in is slowly declining…I have come down with the “outdoor bug.” The weather has become very unpredictable outside now, which is a common characteristic of fall (and spring for that matter). Knowing this, I have determined to soak up every last little minute of great outdoor weather I can grab onto. Bike rides, walks, runs and just opening doors and windows around our apartment are the little things I’ve filled up my warm days with! And I’ve even determined to wear my chacos on every semi-warm afternoon!

So, as I find myself trying to soak up the last little tidbits of summer and the few warm fall days I can grab, the Lord showed me how this practice can expand into our lives. It is easy to go through a season, and not experience it for all it’s worth-until we realize it is just about over. Then we tend to squeeze everything we can do into the end of the season and make the best of it because we know it will end soon. This can happen for a number of reasons, such as we were originally looking for different opportunities and missed the warm days in front of us, we were busy filling up our time with other things or maybe we just somehow were completely blindsided by something in our lives.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7

But the reality is that as we walk through our day-to-day lives, it is important to really take the time to pay attention to what season we are in, the characteristics of that season, why we are in the season and how we are to learn and grow in the season. By seeking out the answers to those questions, we will then be able to act and be part of the season daily, instead of squeezing it all in at the end-or later being shocked to realize we went through that season and it’s gone now.

And remember also: often times it is easy to go through life searching out a new season or looking forward to another moment, but ultimately we are called to be present in the current moment and time. The Lord will take care of the rest. So instead of waiting or searching for what we are looking for, seek the Lord’s plan and He will open our eyes to the current season He is leading us through. Not only that, but paying attention to today and the now, also helps us understand the Lord’s Will for our lives and how He is preparing us. It ultimately helps us stay on the right path we see ahead…taking it one day at a time.

“My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the spring of life…Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. WAtch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established.” -Proverbs 4:20-23, 25-26

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