Our season here is ending.

We’ve been in school our entire married life. We wed over four years ago, moved into student housing the week after our honeymoon, and have just been plugging away ever since. Actually my lover has been plugging away, I’ve been partyin’ like a rockstar the last four years.

That last part isn’t true. Nothing about seminary is like being a rockstar. Nothing.

We’re now down to our last few months before John’s graduation. MONTHS. We’re talking about resumes, grad parties, sad goodbyes. I just read in Ecclesiastes:

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

The chapter continues on to list things that happen in life, both good and bad. It compares something good (a time to gain) to something hard (a time to lose.) I feel so often that these words are only used when something is hard. When a loved one is lost, when the bank account shrinks, or when it seems you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. Lately however God has put on my heart the realization that even seasons of joy and prosperity come to an end. Here at school we’ve been blessed with so many great experiences, have built so many great and cherished relationships, have enjoyed the constant company of other Christ-followers. When we graduate and leave this place, that season of blessing will be over.

Which brings me to what I think is one of the last lessons the Lord has for me here. To be thankful in all things, and to find the joy that only Christ can give. To be content, and to enjoy the season no matter whether it’s a season of hardship or a season of abundance.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I’m learning to rejoice always, to pray without cease, and to give thanks. There are so many times these days when God very clearly points out all that I should be thankful for. And He is teaching my heart to be content.  The Bible says,

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. I Timothy 6:6-8

Mixing contentment and rejoicing always, you would think my life would be grand right now. But it’s a really hard lesson to learn. It seems like everyone else is getting the great job, buying the cute house, having adorable babies. But God does not want those things for me during this season (or maybe ever, and I have to be okay with that too) so I have a chance now to give thanks for what He has blessed me with, like a cozy home, a great husband, wonderful friends.

It’s still tempting sometimes to forget about all that the Lord has done, but it’s a lesson I’m eager and willing to learn.