Maybe it was the relentless, scorching summer heat this year, but by late August, I was ready for a change. The idea of my usual wardrobe of shorts, tank tops and vans was growing tiresome increasingly fast. If I could have willed the next season any faster, I was doing my part by pulling out the jeans, boots, flannels and sweaters that become my uniform for the next few months. For the first few weeks, I sweated it out, but I was steadfast in my commitment to this upcoming season. I might have been early, but I was prepared. Anxiously, I awaited the light change that would usher in the influx of new and vibrant colors dotting the parched landscape.
Little did I know, that a new season in life was about to be upon me too. I guess, subconsciously, I knew it was coming, but the only thing I did about it was act like it wasn't about to happen. As the change came in like a lion, I wasn't prepared at all. On one weekend day, my life changed forever, but for as unprepared for the moment as I was, I also knew that if I wanted to survive this season, I needed to start adding layers. In traditional sense, that would mean clothes, but in this case, I needed to add armor. As in, Ephesians 6:13 kind of armor. And so, I did, and with each day, I began to grow in my faith. I also started to recognize that in all my years of doing things on my own, I was never truly ready to face any kind of adversity. I always got by on the help of whichever significant other I was with at the time, so maybe there's proof that behind every strong man is an even stronger woman.
But this time, I didn't have that luxury. This season that I've been in has tested me and pushed me to explore parts of myself that I didn't even know existed and it's only because I've allowed God to peel back all these layers that I've had on, while simultaneously adding that armor I was talking about. I'm nowhere near the end of this season and that's ok. It's preparation time for the upcoming season, which hopefully I'm ready for when that time comes. #UntilWeMeetAgainProject Day 61.