Do you struggle with FOMO (fear of missing out)? I often times find myself in a constant state of thinking that I am missing out on something.
When you are 27 and still single, the enemy does a really good job of trying to keep your mindset in this sad and somewhat lonely state. I mean, I’ll be honest, the past 5 years of singleness haven’t been easy. It’s been a daily decision to trust that God knows what He is doing, that He knows my heart’s desires, and the plan that He has for my life is better than anything I could ever dream up or imagine (Ephesians 3:20) and, man, that is a sweet promise that I have full confidence will come to fruition, in His perfect timing – but this post isn’t about my season of singleness; don’t worry, it’s coming – this post is about reflection and what better way for Jesus to reveal Himself to me then through a reflective exercise like a “Year in Review”.
One of my favorite things to do is to take pictures. I love making and capturing memories, even if it is just a random dinner date to Chili’s, I want to remember.
Because I love taking so many pictures and documenting almost everything I can, storage can become a problem. Sometime last year, my friend, Michelle, introduced me to Google photos and my world has been forever changed. Anytime I take pictures, I create an album in Google photos, title it the event that just happened, upload the pictures, and then I have an instant memory catcher and no more problems with storage space filling up. Thank you Google!
When 2018 was coming to a close, Instagram was filling up with people’s “2018 Year in Review” stories; a “Year in Review” is basically someone’s personal slideshow highlighting their favorite or most impactful memories from each month in that year. Well, being a photo fanatic, I jumped on this train almost immediately. I went to Google photos and started finding pictures from each month starting with New Year’s Eve 2017 right before ringing in 2018.
As you can imagine, this was quite the venture. I spent most of this year’s New Year’s Eve sitting on Michelle’s couch, as we watched a movie with our friend Hannah, creating my “2018 Year in Review” and, as I was reflecting, goodness, did Jesus show up.
Up until that point, I had struggled with the thought and the fear that I was missing out and had caught myself, multiple times, almost believing the lie from the enemy that my life wouldn’t reallystart until I get married, but man, the enemy has never been more WRONG!
As I created my “2018 Year in Review” I was overwhelmed with the memories that filled this past year; looking at those pictures and placing them in their correct month slot caused my cup to be in a constant state of overflow.
When I was internally battling the thoughts of another year has gone by and I am still sitting in this same season while my friends, yet again, are beginning to move into new seasons, fearing that I am missing out, Jesus showed up and He showed me just how much I wasn’t missing out on.
Where the enemy was trying to keep my eyes fixed on feeling like I wasn’t moving because my love life was still at a stand still, that I was missing out because I wasn’t in the same season as my college girlfriends, Jesus met me in my reflection and reminded me that He has been present this whole time, growing me, moving me along, while intentionally weaving each memory and every moment to meet my heart’s needs in this season.
I have not been at a stand still. I have been seizing the day and making the most of this season.
2018 was a year full of fun trips, intentional time with friends, quality time spent with family, another year at my dream job doing what I absolutely love, and continuing in an ever deepening relationship with God.
I am not missing out; I am constantly being reminded what it means to live fully in my lane and what a sweet and glorious lane it is!
I am thankful for times of reflection.
I am thankful for pictures that capture precious moments in time that we get to forever cherish.
I am thankful for Jesus knowing me well enough to meet me in a moment of scrolling through pictures to create a “Year in Review”.
I am thankful that we are loved by a Father that intentionally pursues us and provides what our hearts need in the season we need it.
I am thankful for my lane and all the glorious things God is doing in the midst of it.
6 thoughts on “Reflect.”
What a remarkable member of God’s VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS of the seasons of life you are becoming! Every season has its struggles , and God is using your voice as you join hands with others in the walk Home! No matter the reader’s season, there is an intentional, embedded application Thank you for heeding the call!
SB, you are so inspiring for one so young. God has picked a special person in you to deliver his message. Thank you for your message today.❤️
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I agree with Mia! You are a great example of how letting God have control can be.
I pray for you often in your ministry. Love you dearly sweet one.
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you always inspire me
you always encourage me giving me courage to take next step closer to relationship with Him. Your glowing bright smile always shows hope & reminds me of more adventures to come ! love you bunches !
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I “simply” love your transparency and the fresh and raw heart with which you write your Truth! You inspire me to intimacy and a deeper relationship with the Father every single day. I love how you took the ordinary and showed how extraordinary it can be when God takes over! Love you MOST – Mom
SB, I am so thankful for your heart of sharing how God works in our lives. I used to have FOMO. I wish I learned as early as you have how God was really working in my life. I have been so thankful for all the pictures you take and the memories that are related to those pictures. I have learned that intentional time with people go a long way! For both sides. You are a JOY for so many! Love you as big as the sky!