God does not work seasonal hours
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:11
Recently, God’s love and patience has been on my heart.
Last August, Manny and I moved to Kentucky from Orlando, leaving the sunshine state to now live in the mid-west shades of gray. I’m grateful for the many blessings we’ve experienced since moving but it is SO gray here. One of the many reasons I left Chicago to live in Florida six years ago, beside my Disney internship was the weather, so my intentional move from warmth to gray is literally heartbreaking to think about at times.
When we first moved here, we lived in Kentucky but spent most of our days at school and work in Cincinnati. Recently, we moved from Kentucky to Cincy and so far, it has been a great few weeks living close to where we spend the bulk of our time. Overall, however, it is extremely slow, compared to Orlando’s sunshine and tourism. When we aren’t spending time in school or at work, we generally end up at home or the movies. Now, many of our friends who know us would call us homebodies anyway, but to be honest, we were ready to get involved in this new place. Ready to explore. The exploration here, however, feels different. So we remain in our comfort-zone of hanging out at home or the places we already know.
Being in a new place often brings new opportunity and fresh perspective. This is why I tell everyone…if you’re going through a tough time, maybe it’s time to change your enviornment. For me, our change of scenery meant a slower pace. Maybe a pace that I needed…I’m still trying to figure that out. In Florida, I was working at the Walt Disney World Resort and by the time I left, I was only making $14.05/hr after 4.5 years of dedicated time and energy to the company. While I loved the experience, I needed something new. I didn’t expect to move away from the few friends and work family I had to only feel confused about what it was I wanted to do with my life.
Disney was the place where I could continuously dream. And I don’t mean wish on stars, but really dream and create a vibrant company of my own. Working there, I experienced the magic, but I also explored the flaws in the company and felt inspired to create something better.
Since moving here, I’ve been at a crossroads. I no longer have a comfort of knowing people for years, of experiencing an unshakable job security. Of wishing on stars. Here, I have a new job (started in August) where I make great money and overall, enjoy what I do. I still have the same dreams of a company to call my own. I left the sunshine to explore something slower-paced. Now that I’m here, I’m ready for the sunshine again. I also realize that there’s a reason I’m in a season of gray…literally and figuratively.
God does not work seasonal hours.
He always finds a way to speak to us, regardless of our season. Over the past year and a half living here, changing jobs, relocating from KY to OH, I have been molded and have grown in my connection with Him. God pulled at my heart in my season of summer to guide me toward a more intimate relationship with him. I’ve learned that submitting to your seasons of gray often leads to hearing His voice more clearly. There are a few things that I know about myself after my Disney experience and short time here. I know that I’m passionate about helping others, that I love to speak and I enjoy writing. I know that I have fun making others laugh and feel fuzzy inside when I explore the world. Often, when we “can’t find God,” not that he’s ever lost, he shows up in our seasons of gray. He shows up in the dark areas of our world where we might not quite understand where we are headed next. I am grateful for the gray personality of the mid-west. While I may not understand exactly where I’m headed (and you may not either), remember that God is not a seasonal parent, he will always show up in the depths of winter and the sunshine of summer. Continue to find methods of creating sunshine in the dark,unknown spaces of your life. God has a calling for you.
With Extra Smiles, Taylor M. Thomas. 😊