Wow! I can so relate to Jamie Martin when she talks about the danger of discontentment. It’s easy to always be looking forward to the next big thing. But as she so sagely points out, what we have now is often the answer to long awaited prayers and desires. I know I always wanted to be a mom. Within a year of our marriage, I got bit by the baby bug, yet it was 6 years until my daughter was born. As I look around my home today, it can be easy to be dissatisfied. I look at the relatively small size of my living room (at least by U.S. standards) and I forget that this is the house that we prayed and slaved for because all I can see is the clutter and lack of space. I wipe another food grimed face or another dirty bottom and I forget that these little faces and bottoms are what I prayed for. As I waited for my first child to be born and almost every one of my friends waltzed into church carrying their own bundles of joy, I cried and prayed for a child. When we lost our second child in a miscarriage I prayed that we would get pregnant again easily and our child would be born healthy. He was born almost one year to the day of my miscarriage. But as I feed and wrangle him I sometimes forget that he is an answered prayer.
I need to have goals and dreams, but also I need to live now. Not obsessed whether I’m doing it all “right” or worry about what comes next. I can plan for the future without missing out on the present. So this week I’m going to try to BE. Even if it means setting aside important tasks or delaying plans. I need to want what I have now. I have a home of my own with beautiful children and a husband who loves me. Even in the mess and the chaos, Jamie is right when she says “It doesn’t get any better than this.” Getting what you want in life is amazing, even if you didn’t get it when or how you though you would. Don’t miss out on it.