everything is beautiful

It’s November. Can someone please explain to me when that happened? Woof. November means beautiful fall colors. November means crunchy leaves and cool breezes. November means the end of the semester. November means stress. And so far, November means negativity.¬†Negativity sucks, you guys. It’s overwhelming and draining and unnecessary. It pulls us away from the Lord. Not cool. But, we’re human, right? It happens.

I think our negativity often stems from a sense of dissatisfaction with where we are in life. We are constantly looking for more. We want to have more, do more and be more. We are always looking forward to the next stage in life, instead of enjoying where we are at this particular moment. I know I’m guilty of this dissatisfaction. It’s an easy trap to fall into, because we don’t always see it as negative. We don’t think it’s a bad thing to aspire for more, and honestly, it’s probably not. I think it’s the lack of satisfaction and happiness with where we are and what we have that is the real issue.

yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. so I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can.

Ecclesiastes 3:11-12

Everything is beautiful for its own time. I think we can struggle with contentment because we know we are made for more. Our time here is temporary. Earth is just a holding zone; it’s not our permanent home. The Lord has blessed us with this desire for eternity, but we still don’t truly understand what that means. We can’t. Honestly, I don’t want to understand it either.

As stressful as it is, life is beautiful now. The very things that stress us out the most are some of the our¬†greatest blessings. We can’t even begin to imagine the incredible things the Lord has planned for us. We need to take a step back and remember that where we are now is a blessing. It is part of our adventure; part of our plan. A few years ago we were looking forward to getting to where we are today.

Here’s the thing you guys. Life is good. Enjoy it. Be where you are. Play in the leaves. Drink good coffee. Watch Netflix documentaries about Quidditch. Tell someone you love them. Relish in the things that make you happy.