Wow. Where has the time gone?
It has been five long months since I have posted anything on my blogging site, and here we are in a new year: 2019.
To say that from August to January I had it easy would not necessarily be correct, but in the season that I was planted in came growth and experience.
The Back Story:
I started a new semester in a new environment and college at Jacksonville University after graduating high school in May of last year. The doors were wide open for me to attend the university, and I wanted to stay obedient to God by going where He was leading me. I grew a lot musically in so many ways, but along the way, I hit some rough patches that led me into a very dry and stressful season at JU.
Through prayer, seeking wise counsel, and weighing every option, I felt like it was right for me to complete the one semester I had there and allow God to close the door.
In making those decisions, I had to decide what I felt led to do next, as well as where I felt led to go next.
My dream was to move to Nashville and get established there in order to attend Belmont University and get my feet in the water with the music industry. After about two or three times of second guessing myself really hard, I felt like it was right to stay home, pray some more, and really seek God in order to grow more in Him and come out of the dry season in a healthy way in order to be planted in a new season and chapter.
I researched, researched some more, and researched a little more than that, looking with an open heart and mind at several other colleges that I could be a potential student at.
After much thought, I decided it would be right for me to enroll with Liberty University’s online program in order to study Business Administration with a focus in Digital Marketing and Advertising.
The same day I enrolled, I also was blessed with the opportunity of starting my very first job that will begin this month.
The journey to get where I am now on this date, January 3rd, 2019, has not been easy, and I am finally seeing the light of day and finding joy and peace again.
There have been many tears shed, many doubts and questions, much confusion, and lots of decision making.
What I have learned, though, is that God plants us in both short seasons and long seasons of life.
But in those seasons of planting comes some sort of growth. From that growth comes blooming.
It is so easy to want to rush life.
Whether you are specifically a high school graduate or you are about to graduate, it’s easy to want everything now. We want to know what we are going to do with the rest of our lives. We want to move away, go off to college, get married, and so much more, but often times the rush often rushes us into the ground.
Maybe you have been out of school for some time, and you are trying to rush things along with a job opportunity, a relationship, or wanting to move to a new place.
A plant doesn’t grow over night. The seed has to be planted first, and after the seed is planted, there are so many steps that have to be taken in order for the plant to fully bloom in an effective and healthy way. The plant goes through each step one by one and doesn’t skip and jump around.
In order for us to be successful in fully blooming, we have to go through certain stages to get there. It takes patience, but instead of going from step one to step five and skipping steps two, three, and four, we have to slow down.
For me, the goal and dream is to move to Nashville or at least move somewhere in order to get plugged into the music industry or get plugged into whatever God calls me to do, as I stated previously. At the age of 19, I didn’t feel ready for that big leap yet. I’m learning that there are other ways to get to big things, and it’s by taking small steps as I put my faith and trust in God with where He is calling me to go.
Wherever you are in life, whether or not you’re trying to take big leaps when instead you need to take small steps, enjoy the process. Grow through the pain and joy. Let God open the doors for you because whether it takes a day or a year or even more than that, He will always get you to where He is calling you to go as long as you remain obedient and faithful.
Be planted. Grow through each individual step. Bloom.
- Psalm 119:133 – “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” (KJV)
- Proverbs 16:9 – “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” (KJV)
- Acts 9:1-20 – In this passage, we see the steps it took for Saul to be transformed into a new man — one who went from persecuting Christians to spreading the gospel to as many as he could. He journeyed to Damascus, and along the way he was blinded by the Lord. He had to be led the rest of the way to Damascus in order to receive the next step of what he needed to do. He gained his sight back, repented, and followed Christ the rest of his days. (KJV)
- Genesis 22:1-19 – In this passage, we see the steps taken for Abraham to be obedient to God by showing him how much he loved him. He was to take his son, Isaac, up to Moriah in order to be sacrificed. Abraham and Isaac journeyed, set the altar up, and before Abraham was to kill his son, the angel of the Lord stopped him. These steps were taken in order for God to show that one day, in the place of man, He would send his one and only Son to spare us of having to pay the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Through Abraham’s obedience of the steps and measures he took, God blessed him. (KJV)