Friday, February 13, 2009

Enjoy this Season

It's all too easy to wish you were in a different season of life. When I was a young girl, I couldn't wait until I was older and able to do some much more, being "so grown-up" like the young ladies who were around 18 years old. Now that I'm there, I really don't feel so grown-up, and I wonder how the time managed to fly by so quickly. I wish I had cherished and enjoyed my girlhood a little bit more instead of wishing I was older. You only get to be the age you are once in your life.

Another thing I have always wanted to be is a wife and a mother. I've sometimes wished the time would go by faster so that I could be old enough and ready to marry and have children. After all, it has always been my childhood dream. But for now, that dream must wait. I am in a season of life with many opportunities and freedoms that I won't have when I have a husband and children to care for. Yes, I still long to get married, and I do look forward to the responsibilities it will entail, but I am learning to be content and make the most of the season I am in right now.

Time passes by quickly. We must enjoy the youth God has given us while we have it.

I was reminded of this in a very visual way as I attempted to learn to age my face in stage makeup class.

First, I had to age my face 10 years. Although not much really changes in 10 years, skin doesn't always stay so even and smooth as it is now, and a few wrinkles begin to show.

Then I had to age my face 30 years. Because it is makeup for the stage, we do have to go a little more dramatic than how things look in real life, and these pictures makes me look a bit older than the ages I was aiming for! But, as I studied to see where wrinkles would show up, applied the makeup to try to show them, and then really looked at myself in the mirror, I realized how much of my youth I take for granted.

Don't get me wrong. I think wrinkles are beautiful in the faces of those who have lived long and productive lives. I look at pictures of my grandmother and her face covered in a thousand little wrinkles, and I think it is one of the most beautiful faces I know. She has lived a long life of service to the Lord, and it shows on her face. As a culture, we place too much value on the fleeting looks of youth, spending so much time trying to hide the aging that naturally comes with time. The marks of age are a testament to God's grace.

But, I must admit, I was glad to wash my face and "become young" again. =) One day, Lord willing, I will be older and have tell-tale signs of age on my face. One day, by God's grace, I will have children and grandchildren. My skin won't be as smooth; wrinkles and shadows will show up in places that for now are smooth and light. But that time is not now. For now, I am enjoying the youth and health God has allowed me to have, and trying to serve Him in my youth in the position He's placed me.

We must live one day at a time, praising God in the place and position He has us in right now. While preparing for the future, we should embrace the present and live life to its fullest for God's glory.

"Be happy, young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment. . . . Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, 'I find no pleasure in them'" - Ecclesiastes 11:9, 12:1

"Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." - Proverbs 31:30

6 comments:

Elijah Lofgren said...

Amen!

Love ya Anna,

Elijah

P.S. Happy Valentine's Day! :)

Hannah said...

Are you going to the New Attitude Conference again this year?

Katie said...

Dear Anna and Miriam,

I just wanted to thank you both for being a huge inspiration. Your energy, love of God and life, and humility are truly wonderful. I am a homemaker and a writer, and whenever I am feeling down and just want to sit and do nothing, I now read your blog. It gives me the energy to clean or write or be kind to my husband with a grateful heart, for the glory of God.

I am a Muslim, by the way, and I also deeply appreciate the positive message that you spread through your religious beliefs. As religious people, we can sometimes get caught up in emphasizing disagreements and negative aspects that we see in other people and situations. Your open and positive approach (for example, you don't dictate exact codes of modesty but celebrate the spirit and practice of it in our lives) means that even though we may differ in certain beliefs, we can celebrate our common love for God and our desire to be His servants.

God bless you.

Peace,
Katie

Anna Naomi said...

Hannah: I'd really like to go to New Attitude this year, but since it's in Maryland, I kind of doubt I'll be able to go. Are you attending?

Katie: I'm glad you are reading our blog, and that it is an inspiration to you! It is by the strength and grace of Jesus Christ that I can write and live as I do - praise Him!

Bonnie S said...

Dear Anna and Miriam, I have awarded your blog with the 'Kreativ Blogger Award'! :-)

beautifulgraceblog said...

Thanks Anna. Growing is rather strange. I don't feel like I should be worrying about tests and graduating high school or that little kids should be looking up to me like I looked up to those before me...

I for one, love wrinkles and gray hair. But everything in time.

-Maria