It started with House Hunters. One of those fun TV shows that allow you to talk back to the TV as you watch people select a home after touring three of them. Then came House Hunters International…same format with an international search to some exotic or far-flung location.
However, that wasn’t big enough. Now, the mother of all hunts…Island Hunters! Evidently, it’s not just enough to want to own a home, you can now buy your own island!
Which got me thinking about my life, change and contentment. How content am I especially when plans and dreams change? I know, I know…there’s that perfect word from Paul in Philippians 4:12-13: I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
However, this reflection on change and contentment brings me to my current season in which God is doing some serious work in my own life. Changes in my life and journey have caused me to reframe my calling, so I can view this time with God’s perspective, not mine. You see, for a long time, I have felt sure that God called me to be a foreign missionary. Whenever I have had the opportunity to go on a mission trip, I have done so. My heart overflows with joy and I feel energized by serving in this calling.
Now, I’m at a point where the idea of good, better and best has crept into my thinking….thanks to godly counsel and a timely sermon or two. Doors haven’t closed, in fact a few opportunities have made themselves available. But no matter how good or great the opportunities appears, the question remains: Is this the best? As I’ve wrestled with that question I’ve had moments when I felt like part of my dream and calling had died. I prayed for God to show me His will and sensed He had something on the horizon, but I still couldn’t see any open doors. But God…in all of his glory, infinite wisdom, and sovereignty had other plans for me. Plans that helped me see this season, not as one of letting go and sadness, but of exciting new opportunities and joy.
God is stretching and growing me beyond my comfort zone and instead of serving internationally, He is calling me to use my gifts to serve locally…for now. The big plan or length of time in this season is not fully known, but that’s OK because His promises are true and perfect…
He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. Deuteronomy 32:4
So like Paul, I’ve had to learn to be content (and I’m still learning) but the great news is I’m in GOOD, LOVING and PERFECT hands! Perhaps you are facing a season of change and need to be encouraged by some reframing and a fresh perspective. God has made everything beautiful “for its own time.” (Eccl. 3:11) and has designed our lives into beautiful seasons, but there is a time limit on each one. Some seasons are wide-open doors for our passions and calling and some seasons are closed doors when God asks us to grow spiritually, professionally, relationally, or maybe emotionally.
Some different questions to consider in the season of change are, What does this time make possible and how do I find my contentment in Him while I’m here? For every season, God has a purpose for us. For me, it’s a deepening intimacy with the Lord. I’m understanding what true dependency on the Lord in all circumstances looks and feels like; a fresher, deeper understanding of His Word and mostly, a time of remembering to be still and hear His voice.
What about you? Do you feel the season of change? Ask God what this new time makes possible for you and find your contentment in Him.