Growing up, there were a countless number of things that I couldn’t wait for. I couldn’t wait to go to university, to get my nails done, to drive, to have a boyfriend, to have my own bank account, to get married… honestly it was an endless list.
I think as a child, my most repeated phrase was “When I’m eighteen, I’ll… (Insert whatever this world won’t allow a child to do)” The mystery of being older was irresistible to me and I grew up longing and waiting to be of age; to be free.
Then I turned 18. I must’ve missed the memo because apparently 18 was not the real deal. Now I couldn’t wait to turn 21 because at 21, the world is laid at your feet and you are free to do whatever you want. I don’t even remember where I picked up these lines! But I clung to them and believed them so much – maybe even too much.
But I turned 21 and realized that it really wasn’t that big of a deal. -_-.
Some of my age mates are married (before 21) some are more mature than their age, and others are less mature than their age! But they all turned 21 anyway! I think what really counts is whether you turn 21 right. (If there’s such a thing)
So, anyway! This is my new blog… I’m just going to be writing out little lessons that I pick up from significant or insignificant occurrences around me. Hopefully, they’ll be a good read. Better still, you’ll be able to pick up something meaningful from these posts.
I won’t call this the first but it is definitely the most prominent lesson I’ve learnt over the past 21 years of my life. That’s the lesson of how dependent I am on time as a person. Maybe if you didn’t understand why I went on and on in the beginning, I’ll reiterate: growing up, I’ve always been ahead of myself. Always in a hurry to get to the next level – I (even) started walking earlier than normal as a toddler!
But one thing I know for certain now is that in everyone’s life, there is a designated time for everything. It’s absolutely necessary to wait things out and not rush any stage in your life. If naturally, you’re just supposed to experience somethings earlier than normal, there’s probably no stopping that – but there are just some times when we don’t need to rush.
“For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven,” Ecc. 3: 1.
I’ve known this Bible verse since I was 14 years, but it had absolutely NO impact in my life until about 6-7 years later. The trick is to determine when the right time for what is; in my life, the right time to start a business (for example) may not necessarily be the right time to start a business in the next person’s life.
Determining when the right time is may very well determine how fruitful you will be or how messed up or chaotic things may turn out.
Another Bible verse that has uplifted me and encouraged me is Habakuk 2:2-3
“And the Lord answered me; ‘Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end- it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come and it will not delay’…”
This verse has so much content, it’s amazing.
If I’ve got a desire in my heart that desire will have to be made plain. So I will write it down, and I will have to make sure that I see this vision in writing (constantly) and run with it. By running with it, I’ll be conscious of it, I will make the necessary sacrifices to achieve this vision and I will be dedicated to the task.
That vision awaits an appointed time because it is at that appointed time when you will bear the desired fruit. Your season has been pre-designated and it is in that season – the right time that the vision will be made manifest. Simply put, you can’t rush it.
I may have made a lot more sensible decisions, had I known this before I turned 21
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