Some call it grade, stage or level. Some prefer episode or season. Others use term, semester or session.
It is reflected in every area of life, from gaming, soap operas and movies, to jobs, families, relationships and education, that life isn’t perceived or evaluated in a single stretch of time.
Episode one. Season two. third term. Level twenty four. Grade nine.
Life is a journey which unfolds in phases, the new phase, always an uncharted territory.
When travelling, we have many options – road, train, air or sea – and though, some options are more efficient, faster and less stressful than the others, there is no one method of transportation that is wrong. You reserve the right to choose according to your pocket.
God, who is not limited in resources and not vague in purpose has a specific path for you. Unlike physical travel, there is one right path among many options. He seems to be equally interested in your destination as well as the process of getting there.
God makes everything happen at the right time. Yet none of us can ever fully understand all he has done, and he puts questions in our minds about the past and the future. *
Even so, God will not show you a full map of your life. He prefers to reveal Himself to you season by season so that you will walk by faith.
It is pertinent to identify the present season of your life and understand what is expected of you. The last three months you spent in that new work department or city, the last term or semester you spent in your new class or level in school, what was it meant for? Was it allocated to you so that you would meet someone who will teach you [by words or action] a new virtue God wants you to learn? Was it meant for you to pick up a new skill needed for the next or future phase of your life? Is it a resting phase?
Some phases are tiring and will try your faith. Look into His word at these times – you will find power boots or coins, hammers, weapons and keys [like a game level] that God has left on your path to help you scale that hurdle, break that rock and pass through. Some phases are like bonus levels without apparent challenges. Still delight in the Lord and do not lose your focus.
Whatever your situation, always remember that God is with you, working out good through the different phases of your life. All you need to do is to trust and obey.
In gaming, the next level is more difficult than the former, but the rewards are also higher. In a movie series, the new episode or season raises the stakes of suspense and contains a twist in the conflict or plot in the story line, but the excitement increases as well.
Each phase of your life, as you age, ought to make you better, enabling you grow into conformity to Christ, thereby making room for a life of progressive influence and joy.
Are my words coherent? Are they understandable? I stayed up late to write this reflection form the last phase of my life. I do not want to laden the post with verses, but you will find below, text that might help you.
Relish the adventure of a God-led life through uncharted territory – Keep learning, keep growing, keep shining!
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Texts: Psalm 32:8, Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 [verse 11 asterisked in the post], Ecclesiastes 8:6, Romans 8:28, Proverbs 4:23, 25-27, Jeremiah 29:11
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