AN OPEN LETTER TO THE YOUNG CHRISTIAN GIRL WHO JUST WANTS THE NEXT SEASON
I get it.
I know you aren’t content where you are.
Yes, I know you enjoy your friends, and hanging out with them, and eating ice cream late at night. Yes, I know that you are enjoying your school’s sports games, and freedom, and new adventures.
But yes, I also know that you are yearning for the next stage. The next step.
The stage where your friends- and maybe, you- are getting engaged. The stage of getting an apartment that you can decorate to meet your very style and an actual day job where you can dress business-casual. The stage when you can have dinner parties at your apartment and spontaneous weekend trips to Northern California for wine-tasting. (Once you’re 21, of course.)
I am, too.
I can’t wait for that.
But right now, I feel stuck. And uncomfortable.
I want to appreciate this season of life that I’m in. I want to appreciate this season of school games, and of part-time jobs, and of singleness, of study groups, and of sleeping in and late night adventures.
But right now, I just want the next stage. I would forsake this season for the next in a heartbeat.
But The Lord doesn’t waste anything.
Which means, friends, that we are here, in this season, according the Lord’s good will.
We are here for a reason.
Have you read the story of Mary and Martha? Probably. Well, I have come to believe that this is a Mary-season.
You see, our sweet Jesus was in the living room of this girl, Martha’s house. Martha was busy in the kitchen preparing dinner. But in the meantime, her sister Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus. Martha got mad. And frustrated. She told Jesus to tell Mary to go help her work. Our sweet Jesus responded,
“My dear Martha, you are so upset and worried over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
I am SO Martha. I don’t want to admit it, but in this story, I am Martha.
I get so attached to the idea of doing. Of working. Of accomplishing. Of creating.
But right now, I think that Jesus wants me to sit patiently at His feet. I think that Jesus just wants me to enjoy His presence during this season. I think my sweet Jesus just wants me to sit with Him, listening to Him, marveling at Him.
I think the Lord is telling me that I don’t need to do and work and accomplish and create right now. I don’t need to be Martha. This is a Mary season: a season of waiting, of resting, of enjoying.
Right now, I need to seek Him with all of my heart. And seek Him where I’m at now.
Because, my sweet friends, The Lord doesn’t waste anything.
Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
With much, much love. -Melissa