Zachary has a new obsession of wearing his dad’s shoes. If you are wondering who Zachary is, you must be new to my blog; so hey! :).
Zachary is my 2 years old boy who has featured on my blog during his crawling days. My old followers will remember him. He will be turning 3 in January (i know. How time flies). Just like most 2 years old, he doesn’t really understand the concept of fear and he probably thinks he’s got springs in his legs. But we thank God for Zachary because God is using him to teach us again today :).
I was having dinner last night when i heard someone complaining and dragging his shoes on the floor. As i turned around, i saw my cute little son getting frustrated about his shoes. I mean his dad’s shoes. Prior to this time, i was believing God for what to write about and by afternoon, i had settled to expand on a sermon i heard in church that really ministered to me. However as i turned and saw my son, the sentence i said was “that is a blog post right there”. And this scripture dropped in my spirit.
There is no way Matthew’s shoes will fit Zachary. All he will get from his dad’s shoes is discomfort and frustration because it isn’t time for him to wear those shoes. It isn’t time because he hasn’t grown to that level yet.
Some of us are fed up with our current season and we envy the seasons other people are in. We see people who we describe as successful or those who have what we want and we covet those blessings and seasons. We become jealous and envious and we want those seasons so badly. So much so that like my 2 years old, we grab those big shoes without permission and put our tiny feet in them. Instead of growing in our seasons and growing roots where God has planted us, we uproot ourselves and we quit on what God has called us to do because we are tired of where we are. Some of us are overzealous and step into seasons unprepared.
As i watched Zachary struggling with those shoes and wondering why it doesn’t fit, i realised that some believers are in this situation. Some are struggling in ministries they were never called into. It is good doesn’t mean it is God’s. It is God’s doesn’t mean it is yours. Some are getting into numerous troubles in careers that is not for them but they don’t want to quit because they love the pay cheque. Some has quit their jobs and jumped into entrepreneurship when that isn’t what God want for them. Some have started ministries because it looked glamorous. Many people have gained platforms for all the wrong reasons.
It was taking him more attention, strength and focus to move a step wearing shoes not met for him. This is exactly what happens. Plowing a soil that isn’t ours results in time wastage. Jumping into seasons don’t we are unprepared for, results in us getting discouraged and that also affects the people around us. Just as destinies are positively impacted by our obedience; so also can destinies be impacted negatively by our disobedience.
It is good to admire the beauty of the next season. But it is foolish to get into the next season unprepared because every season has it’s highs and lows. The lessons we learn in our current season are needed to sustain, maintain and navigate the next season.
So God is using the words i told Zachary last night to encourage us today. “Enjoy your shoe size now because your feet will never be this small again.” Enjoy your current season. ‘Girl you have no idea what i am going through. There is nothing to enjoy here. I want a breakthrough right now.’ I get it. I want breakthroughs too in some areas. However i am learning that godliness and contentment is great gain. If we are not content in our current season, we won’t be in our next season. Paul said he learnt to be content. To learn requires a deliberate action.
How do we learn to be content? By focusing on our blessings and not our loses. I know you weren’t expecting the answer to be that short. But honestly that is all it is. Your blessing might just be the fact that you are alive. Focus on that, be thankful and watch how it transforms your life. When we outgrow our current shoes, God will get it new shoes to fill.