Someone told me once that I was a ‘late bloomer.’ They were saying this in response to often doing things after an age appropriate according to societal standards. They didn’t mean it negatively but rather as an encouragement to stay the path and continue in my endeavors, finish the race, if you will.
But who wants to hear that that, basically, they always come in last place? That they will never be first, but it’s OK. I began to internalize this statement and use it to give me false comfort when my timing in life was making me feel insecure. One day, when I was having a particularly bad day about where I was in life, out of the blue, one of my friends called me to deliver one of those ‘love notes’ God gives us sometimes…
Hey Jazz, I just wanted to call and let you know that you aren’t behind in life. You are exactly where you are supposed to be. You are exactly where God wants you to be in this very moment. He isn’t insecure about what you haven’t done, so you shouldn’t be either.
I never referred to myself as a late bloomer ever again. See, what I didn’t understand before that phone call was that I didn’t truly believe that all things were working together for my good. That there is a plan A through infinity for my life and no matter which way I turn, I’m always going to be redirected to where I am supposed to be. Staying in one place too long doesn’t prevent me from walking into the fullness of who I am supposed to be. God is not restricted by timing and if we are created in His image, then we are not restricted by time either.
Now, I’m not saying just drag your feet and procrastinate on everything you believe you are supposed to do in life, trust me, I’ve done it, it’s not the move. What I am saying though, is if you had a season of dragging your feet, it’s never too late to start intentionally putting one foot in front of the other and march forward with tenacity and purpose. God was with you when you were dragging your feet and He is with you now, calling everything that is like Him to you, making your crooked paths straight and lighting them up as you walk along. Just keep going.
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