The sweat rolled off my forehead.
Drop after drop ran down and hit my gloves as I pulled weeds in the muggy and humid Ohio weather yesterday.
I was so frustrated while I was out there working at our home on Hocking street. I would rather have been working at our new house. Painting and cleaning. Making progress towards moving and chipping away towards getting the small projects done that I want to do.
I would rather have been spending money on new light fixtures for our new house rather than on mulch for a house we were moving from in a few short weeks.
I knew it was the “right thing” to do, taking careful care of this home we love so much, but I really didn’t want to. Not in that moment anyways.
But there I was. Pulling weeds and spreading mulch at the house we were already in contract on. A house that was already appraised. A house that wasn’t even really ours anymore.
I was going around the side of the house when there it was.
I’ve heard it said so many times before and it was the reminder I needed right in that moment.
The way you leave one season will determine how you begin the next.
How can I expect God to bless the next chapter of our lives and bring forth beautiful blooms if I’m not willing to take the time to weed the current land he has given me to take care of?
In an instant my perspective changed on the work o was doing. I shifted my mindset to gratitude for the grace that was given while being in this home. The love that was shown. The joy that was had. The memories that were made.
You are leaving that yard? Weed it anyways.
You are leaving that house? Clean it anyways.
How you leave your current season determines how your next season begins.
So I weeded that flower bed. I trimmed the tree. I laid brand new hardwood mulch. I touched up all the walls and trim.
I did all of this because I want to leave this season in expectation of something incredible to happen in the next.
I need something incredible next.
We all do.
We need healing and restoration. We need peace and serenity. We need grace and guidance. We need God’s love to pour out in a new way and bless our nonprofit as we try to grow to reach more hurting families.
We need God’s presence to be near at all times. Because this life is far to hard to walk it alone.
So here is to leaving walking out of one season in expectation of something amazing to come.
“He made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down.”