Lately, I have been talking to God, thanking Him for his love, his mercy, and the favor over my life. This is my constant prayer, but I have thought about where I was several years ago, and where I am now. The last couple of years have been pretty good. I graduated with my masters, got a job to start my career, got married, we’ve traveled, splurged, bought a car (my husband too!) I mean, life has been good. I’m not at all bragging, but my point is there are moments in life where we are not totally strapped by our situations whether that means financially or by time. There are moments in life where we can live life a little bit more freely. But the question is, how did we get to this point? Sacrifice.
Prior to all of those wonderful things happening, I was in season of sacrifice. I had just graduated from college, was going to grad school full time, was working part time as a manager at retail store, and had a graduate assistance. I was sacrificing my time in a huge way. I literally had no time. There were moments during those two years where I would wake up and just wonder how I was going to make it. I was so stressed out and I felt like a guinea pig on a wheel…just getting nowhere. I didn’t have a social life, I missed my friends, and every moment of time was being occupied by something. I was sacrificing my money. I could have found a job where I was getting paid much more, and perhaps could have gone to school part time, but I didn’t feel like this was what God wanted me to do. There were times when my account was overdrafted, I was spending more money on gas than what I was bring home in paychecks, all the while having to pay rent, keep the lights on, and pay my bills. I wasn’t completely on my own, my parents, and my boyfriend (now husband) helped a lot to make sure I stayed afloat. But, me being the person that I am, I did not always express when I needed help because I did not want to be a burden on my loved ones.
That season allowed me to appreciate the moments that I have been able to enjoy now. Had I not gone through what some people may call a valley, I would have not been able to appreciate or show gratitude for what I have today. I was just preparing for my blessing. I knew that God had more for me, and I stayed the course. I kept pushing. I kept pressing. We cannot always expect things to change when we want them to; and we can’t (ever) expect life to be handed to us on a silver spoon without working towards what we want. Here’s an example: If you say, “I want to purchase a house in 2 years.” What will you have to do to prepare for that? Are you just going to wait for two years and see where you are? Most likely not. You
may will have to make some changes. For most of us, that would mean putting money away for a down payment and tightening our budget. Pulling back on some things for a while so that you can afford to not only purchase the house in 2 years, but have a comfortable lifestyle (At least for me! I don’t want to be house poor!) This is sacrifice.
In my conversations with God, he told me, “Alright now, Fatima. It’s time again.” It’s time for another season of sacrifice. There are things that my husband and I want for ourselves, that will require us to sacrifice some of what we enjoy now. Not going out as much, maybe taking one nice a trip a year instead of three or four, sticking to the budget, pulling back on how much we are shopping, spending more time studying than watching TV every night (I’m back in school). This is will just be a period where I am pulling back to be elevated to the next level of what I know God has in store for me.
If you are in a season of sacrifice, don’t give up. Don’t let go. Know what you are working towards. Know that what you are sacrificing now, you will be blessed with later. You are working towards your purpose. In due time, you will see and appreciate all that you had to go through.
Are you in a season of sacrifice? Share you stories so we can encourage each other!
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9