As spring ends and summer begins, I shift my mindset from the routines of the school year to the relaxed routines of summer. The weather has shifted and my newsfeed is filled with beautiful graduation pictures and kids playing outside. There are endings and there are new beginnings. Spring ends, summer begins. School ends, a new adventure begins.
It’s a good reminder to me that nothing really stays the same. Remember when you see someone you haven’t seen in a long time, and in your mind they are frozen in time at the last time you saw them? It’s always a surprise by how much they’ve grown, or how much they have aged. We don’t notice the change as much in the day-to-day, but given a little bit of time, the changes are great.
People we love die.
So, when things feel stuck, or we don’t know where to go, it might be because we are holding onto a very specific idea of how things should be. Go to that school. Take that job. Make summer Pintrest perfect. We get stuck with beginning again because we only see one way and that idea becomes the fixed point in our minds.
That job. That town. That choice.
And when things don’t match the picture we have in our head, we spin around in circles trying to begin again and wonder why we feel stuck. We just might need to loosen our grip from the one way we think things should be.
Maybe it’s more about where we are today, who we see, how we love. We can move forward without holding a singular picture in our mind of what the picture is supposed to look like.
Maybe it’s more about asking Jesus which way now? and trusting that He knows all, from beginning to end and our job is to be faithful today, even when the picture looks different that we thought.