ONCE UPON A TIME!
Just like the seasons we have around us, God has designed our lives to be in phases and seasons. Recognising these seasons will help in the management of life itself – helping us to keep the right attitude at varying stages and phases of life. Undoubtedly, there are some stages you will love to go quickly whereas there are some you will enjoy so much; that you will actually want such seasons to stay longer.
I went for a run/brisk walking session last week and walked past a shop which was a huge part of my life for about eight years. I could never believe that a time was ever going to come when I would walk past the shop and not need to queue. I was so happy and took the picture of the people going through that phase currently. As I saw the people queueing outside the shop, I just had to start reflecting on how much my life has changed and I started singing a song of gratitude to God for having passed through this stage – to the point of not even giving it a thought any longer; what a wonder!
The Sewing Shop; is a local shop in Gravesend in Kent, it was a huge part of my life because they were the only ones that stocked approved school uniforms for the grammar schools in the town, which both of my children went to. I must share with you my funny experience on my very first day walking through the doors of the shop to pick my sons new grammar school uniform, using the school’s uniform list. My first shock was to discover that there was a queue outside the shop – I was surely not expecting that; as there was never a queue when I walked into any superstore to get the primary school uniform. It’s the same everywhere and never sets me back beyond £30 per child.
My second shock happened when I got into the shop and saw a sign that says ‘Loan Available’ – I laughed to myself in a snobbish way wondering why anyone would need a loan for £30 or maximum of £50 to buy school uniforms. That was my thought. When the serving lady got to my turn, I realised that I had to order based on my son’s size and they had to measure him. As she was doing that, I kept picking one thing after the other from the list. By the time I went through the list, the lady said £400 +. I genuinely thought I heard her wrong and said ‘Pardon?’ she repeated herself again and I then understood why anyone would need a loan; particularly if you are salaried, unprepared and had more than a child!
Wow, no one prepared me for the new spend! I remember returning the multiple things I picked and stayed on the skinny; only required items! Even at that, the budget was still close to £200! I couldn’t believe it. Firstly, I had to queue and secondly I had to spend so much. As I told the lady how shocked I was; she said..surely you’re happy and should be grateful! He passed the 11 plus and some other parents would give anything to be in your place….ok! no more checking the pricing! It was time to be grateful!!
That was my experience then and for the next few years as my son went through the grammar school and then my daughter. That was my reality then, but like any other thing in life: it was only for a season.
God’s word says;
‘To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven.’ Ecc 3:1
Seasons come and go, so do not get too weighed down by any season, as it will pass and you will enter into another season. Seeing the queue at the sewing shop last week made me recognise the fact that change comes and we may even be oblivious to it – but ultimately, change always come!
God is on your side!