Written by our very own MM Ambassador Regan Staggs
If I'm being completely honest there have been so many times in my life that I have wasted the seasons I was living in because I was too focused on what was coming next. We are living in a society that is hyper-focused on what is to come instead of truly living in the moments that are happening right now.
Whether that be focusing on when you’re going to be healthy, when you’re going to have a boyfriend, when you’re going to be engaged, when you’re in college, or when you’re out of college- you’re wasting the precious moments that God has placed you in by trying to fast forward to the next. Right now- in this very moment and season- God has placed you there on purpose, for a purpose.
My first semester of my freshman year I heard my doctor say a few words that I never thought would be directed towards me- “you have cancer”. Immediately my mind was flooded with a million questions but one in particular- why now?
I had always dreamt of how glorious my college days would be and felt like all the things I had envisioned for myself were falling apart with one simple sentence. I was devastated and immediately focused on the negative- why what I thought was supposed to be the best years of my life was starting out this way, why I wasn’t going to be able to go to football games, or spend late nights out with my friends.
I was hyper focused on how I could speed up the season God had placed me in so that I could get back to the plan I had for myself while dwelling on every negative I could find. I spent the next months after my diagnosis in and out of doctors offices, taking medicine, and getting a life changing surgery.
However, when I reflect on my battle with cancer I don’t always think of the whirlwind of medical care and what I felt I was missing out on, but I think of the nights I stayed in my college room alone talking to Jesus, the worship sessions I had driving from College Station to Houston to see doctors, and the intimate time that I had with the Lord that I would not exchange for any “regular” college experience.
I thank Jesus that what I envisioned for my freshman year of college was not His plan for me, because what He had planned for me was much greater. The season I was so eager to get out of is now one that I cherish the most- it opened my eyes to see that God’s plans are greater than ours and his love is unimaginably deeper. He is seriously so, so good to us.
James 4:14 says, “Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.”.
You have no idea the greatness God has set out before you, He can change any situation- as much as that may freak you out, you’re not in control, He is. And thank you Jesus for that because His plan is greater. Your job is to fully live in the moments, seasons, and life he is setting around you. Glorify him in all things, love people, be true to you, and spread as much light as you can. This life is the only one you get, there’s no dress rehearsal- so…live.
You were made to live in the moment you’re in right now. You’re in a season for a purpose- live it to the greatest extent that you can.
Xx, your friend Regan
Jesus I lift up whoever is reading this right now that you would open their eyes to where you are moving in their life right now. I pray that they feel the indescribable love you have for them. Whether they are in a season full of joy, hurt, mourning or dancing I pray that you shift their eyes on you and their hearts for your heart. You are the God of love and certainty. We know that you love us and that we are in the seasons set before us for your divine purpose. You are truly a good, good father.