The last two weeks or so I’ve been thinking a lot of this word, and what that means. It seemed to be the focus of my devotions all last week. Not in completely obvious ways, but as I dug into them and applied them to my life I could see the similar threads of peace, patience, trust, and contentment.
Lamentations 3:22-25 were the verses focused on.
“Yet I call this to mind, and therefore I have hope: because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness. I say to myself “the LORD is my portion, therefore I will wait for him.” The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.
Our young adult bible study with Matt Chandler (excellent study by the way) has been focusing on Philippians all summer.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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.
So often I find myself just waiting on the next big things. Its something I think is ingrained in our society. A discontentment, always reaching for something new. Waiting to grow up, waiting to graduate high school and go to college. Waiting to graduate college, reaching for your first apartment, or new car, waiting for the great job, the vacation time with adventures, waiting for “prince charming.” Reaching. Waiting.
Its been the focus of my year. Especially as I was finishing up my final semester of college, just wishing the time would fly by so I could graduate. So I could get a job. So I’d have money coming in so I could go visit friends and go on adventures.
While I have never, and probably will never endure the extremes of Paul’s life as he writes in Philippians I am learning to be content. I’m not where I expected to be at the moment, and yeah I have goals and dreams yet to be achieved but those will come and I’m not exactly waiting around for them any more. I can be content whether I’m flying down to Belize to work in a clinic and go cave swimming or I’m sitting on the porch swing with my sister watching the stars come out.
I still have dreams, I still have goals and hopes and things that I long to do or see happen, but I also see the beauty of where I am right now. When new opportunities come I will jump at them, some new opportunities I will seek out, but not at the expense of my contentment and my joy. Where I am right now is very special but I know I won’t be here forever. I will cherish the time right now. I will have plans for the future, but as I wait to see those plans and that future, God will be my portion.