I am a through and through palm trees, sunshine, sea sand, salty air and sun-kissed hair kind of girl. I live for beach days, running barefoot in the sand and swimming with the mermaids. Moving abroad to live in London for a while is a step that I thought I might never have had the strength to take. Yet here I am, 6 months later, making the most of this opportunity I’ve been given. I miss the warmth of the African sun, the long summer nights and most importantly my family and friends. But I’ve been gifted with this strong and irresistible desire to travel. To wander and explore each and every corner of this Earth and to find beauty in the most unlikely places. To explore the seasons of life.
The seasons of life
Over the weekend Peter and I took a spontaneous walk in one of the forests just down the road from where we are staying in Wimbledon. We were beyond cold but the colours of the leaves amongst the wild flowers and rows of lush trees made our freezing body temperatures worthwhile. It was a site that I never expected to see in the city of London.
It really got me thinking about the seasons of life and how if we really seek it, we can find beauty and happiness in the most unexpected of places. As a sunshine lover used to warmer climates, quite truthfully I am fearful of the England winter and all that it may bring. But I am also excited to see what this new season brings. We all experience change and transition in life. Sometimes life is exciting and dynamic, and we feel on top of the world. At other times we just want to go away and escape the situation. It is so important to never let the season you are in define who you are. We can’t control what happens around us but we can control how we react and what happens inside of us.
Embracing the London winter
I am currently in a season of transition and change. To travel is one of the greatest gifts in my life and one that I will never take for granted. We are not naturally meant to be stagnant. There’s a thrill in experiencing new places, new ways of living and being thrown completely out of our comfort zones.
“This is why we need to travel! If we don’t offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull. Our world becomes small and we lose our sense of wonder. The eyes don’t lift up to the horizon; our ears don’t hear the sounds around us. The edge is both comfortable and limiting. We wake up one day and find that we have lost our dreams in order to protect our days. Don’t let yourself become one of these people. The fear of the unknown and the lure of the comfortable will conspire to keep you from taking the chances the traveller has to take. But if you take them, you will never regret your choice!”
What season are you in? Is it one of success or is it one of hardship. With God in our lives He is ready to help us in our difficulties and bring us into a new season. One of my favourite scriptures is from Proverbs 16:3 – Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Let us put our confidence in God, His Word and His unchanging character and He will cause us to be victorious in life.