I get bored easily. Which is ridiculous when you consider how big the world is and how vast the options available to us. But we are a part of the A.D.D generation, where we continually ping from one thing to the next.
It’s both a blessing and a curse. God didn’t create us to be content sitting on the sidelines. He created us for activity, movement, adventure. The trouble begins when we think that if we aren’t experiencing some kind of life high that we’re doing something wrong.
Obviously, my life would be more exciting, more like the movies, if I had chosen the right path. We begin to think we must have made some kind of incorrect decision regarding our lives, because otherwise we would be happier right?
Ehhhh… yes and no. But mostly no. When we don’t like something our natural response is to change it, make it different, or bail on the whole thing in search of something that gets our hearts soaring again. Our human tendency is to leave what is unpleasant. But in doing so, do we take ourselves out of seasons, out of the game, we are supposed to learn and grow from?
Spring is one of my least favourite seasons, especially growing up in the Midwest. It’s gross. It’s not winter, it’s not summer. It’s just plain rainy, sloppy, bipolary, rarely sunny, is-this-Armageddon, sometimes snowy, tornado-y, sleety, twist-your-ankle-at-a-track-meet-trying-to-stay-warm, slushy weather. Simply put. But without the spring we would have no summer crops. No strawberries, no corn, beans, tomatoes…and if this was 1641 we would all die of starvation. Likewise, without the rain of spring, we would never appreciate the warmth of summer.
We cannot, and should not, change our lives every time things get a little uncomfortable. I’m not saying you should be miserable for the sake of being miserable. Sometimes God does tell us it’s time to make a change. But if we are constantly transforming our lives to chase happiness, then I’m afraid our happiness will merely be found in feelings, experiences, and people…which can all change, be unreliable, and let you down.
Sometimes God allows us to go through seemingly terrible experiences and seasons for a greater purpose. And if we try to hurdle the fence to where the grass looks greener, we will ultimately miss what we were called to do in that specific place during that season. We will miss the opportunity to learn and grow from our current environments and be equipped for what is next.
For illustrative purposes, take a look at the life of Daniel. He was living a pretty good life in Judah. He was attractive, wealthy and strong. And then he gets taken captive and brought to Babylon to serve a king and a land he did not know. He might as well have been on a different planet. They even changed his name.
But instead of running away or trying to blend in, Daniel decided to embrace his place even when he didn’t understand the purpose. I imagine he missed his family, his home, and worshipping at his own temple, but he didn’t focus on the elements that could have made him miserable.
Instead, Daniel decided to stand for what he knew to be truth, even when everything around him was unfamiliar and foreign. It wasn’t always easy, and in fact he literally got thrown into a den of hungry lions; but because of his courage and determination to accept God’s plan even if it came in a strange package, he made a difference. A law that would have outlawed worshipping God was overthrown and God’s power was revealed in that lion’s den when Daniel wasn’t eaten (Daniel 1-6).
Sometimes it feels like if we don’t escape we will get eaten. When in reality, if we are still and put our trust in God and in His purposes He can use every season. HE will make the change.
God doesn’t want u to be miserable, but He also doesn’t want your joy to run out when the good times do (and they will eventually). His plan for you is much more lasting than your plan for you. Do not let discomfort cause you to run from the season you’re meant to be in.
You don’t always have to make the change. Sometimes the biggest change we need to make is to trust God to do the changing.