Meeting new people and hearing their story is one of my favorite things to do. I love coming up with questions to draw out a person's story. Asking where a person is from soon turns to another question, "What do you love to eat?" Before you know it, the conversation reveals different aspects of a person's story. For instance, if you asked me, "Why do you like doughnuts so much, Hannah?" I would probably answer with a story about my mom.
Have you ever noticed that when you meet someone who has just met Jesus Christ as the Savior of their soul, more often than not, they are quick to tell you their life story? I love hearing the passion in their voice. They are so excited about what God is doing and changing. I know from experience that this is because meeting the Creator of your Soul is the first time a person can be sure their life has a purpose. No matter what, through the ups and downs, in the big life moments and in the small life moments, the hard seasons and the good seasons, there is a purpose to their story.
In the elevator of my apartment building, I started talking with a girl who had an armful of laundry. I expressed how much I disliked laundry day, especially when my studio apartment didn't have a laundry unit. The girl in the elevator said what I have told myself a few times, "It is only for a season."
The older I get, the more impatient I get with God's timing. I know it really should be the opposite. It is the little things that make me impatient. "God, why don't I have the car I want? God, where is that husband I have been waiting for? God, why can I still barely pay my bills?" Those questions are the whispers of my heart. What happened to that new faith I had? What happened to "everything has a purpose"? Do I really believe that?
It is easy to forget two things about seasons of change. One, God places us in the middle of difficult seasons and good seasons for a purpose and he moves us to the next one for a purpose. And secondly, we forget that the Creator of our Soul is constantly changing us, getting us ready for the next season.
If you think you are going to stay in this hard season, you've got bigger problems then the weird smell in your hallway. Don't give up. You don't know what's ahead.
I love the passage from 2 Corinthians 4:16-18: "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
So as you go to work, being the intern, putting up with the co-worker you don't enjoy or living in that cheap apartment, know this. God is getting us ready for the next season.
Hannah Lynn hosts Moody Radio’s That’s Real and is an engineer for Karl and Crew mornings. She grew up as a homeschooler on a tree farm, plays the harp (ask her about harp camp), drives a Prius (don’t judge), and started a fashion blog while a student at Moody Bible Institute (yes, that’s possible). Hannah loves to tell people about Jesus—as a seven-year-old she witnessed to her ballet teacher, then she started a Young Life club while in high school. Now she mentors teens with her husband, John, who serves as a youth pastor.
That’s Real with Hannah Lynn gives a one-minute dose of encouragement and advice to young adults who want to love and live God’s Word. Her fast-paced mix of storytelling and Bible truth helps create understanding between young believers and anyone who wants to follow Jesus one day at a time.