Last September on one of those beautiful last days of Fall I planted a small flower garden including 44 double tulip bulbs. This winter on the frigid below zero days I imagined the small bulbs nestled below the snow, deepening their roots and waiting to bloom. After a long 6 months they have finally begun to poke through the ground and soon they will be blooming in stunning purple, pink and white ruffled petal, adorning my kitchen table or left on the doorstep of a treasured friend or neighbor. After a cold, seemingly endless winter, Spring and fresh tulips are a wonderful gift.
A season of waiting can feel like an endless winter. On the surface it can appear like nothing is changing, but just like those little tulip bulbs, God is working through every season. What God does in the waiting is just as important than what we are waiting for. Ecclesiasties 3 remind us, there is a purpose and time for everything. Every season holds beauty meant to be savored.
To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born and a time to die
A time to plant and a time to uproot
A time to destroy and a time to heal
A time to tear down and a time to rebuild
A time to weep and a time to laugh
A time to mourn and a time to dance…
And he has made EVERYTHING beautiful in its time
The season I am in right now is a gift. Quiet mornings filled with truth and grace, last minute road trips to visit friends, long and unhurried conversations over coffee (or wine), and the joy of pouring your heart and soul into serving the least of these are all precious gifts of my single years. This time is building a firm foundation and preparing me for whatever will be next. I am growing and changing in the waiting.
There are days my heart aches for a house full of kiddos and a best friend & love to share this adventure of life with. As much as I desire that life, it’s not where God has me right now. I don’t know if my future will include marriage and mamma-hood but I trust that each new season will be filled with beautiful gifts. I am choosing to savor this season and to be fully content where He has me.