How to survive a desert season.
My husband and I recently celebrated one year in Arizona - although I shouldn't say we "celebrated." It just sort of came and went. But in the aftermath of this life event marker, I have been reflecting on our time here so far and refocusing on what we came her for in the first place.
Much like the Jewish people after leaving Egypt, we made the atypical decision to come to Arizona last year en route to big dreams and big plans. But instead of a promised land, we also have spent way too much time bumbling around in the wilderness, and at times, even giving up on the reasons we chose to cope with the desert in the first place.
It's funny how easy it is to choose to cop out when there is even slight discomfort. It's easy to make excuses when dreams seem far away. But the sad B-side to making great excuses to do what you've always done is that if all you make in life are excuses, then excuses are all you will ever make.
With a year of wilderness under our belt, and the looming threat of another lava summer just on the horizon, my husband and I made another atypical decision: we just started.
We spent so much time making excuses to not do this. We didn't know if we could afford it. We were unsure of trading in a consistent paycheck for sporadic projects. We didn't know if we could even be successful or if it would be worth it.
But we came to the conclusion that if we didn't start, we'd never start. So my husband quit his day job to focus on starting our business. And guess what? He is doing it.
The Jewish people stayed stuck in the wilderness because they were stubborn and selfish. They lost sight of their goal because they started comparing their life before to the hard, hot, and hungry in-between place. And maybe we all have to do that at times. The important thing is that at some point, you swallow your pride, your discomfort, your discouragement, your fear - whatever has been leading you around in circles - and you stop being in the wilderness.
Despite how you may feel, it is a choice. It will never be easy to keep moving forward when you're traversing the space between where you were and where you want to be. By nature, it is difficult, because change is difficult. But no wilderness is endless - unless, of course, you are walking in circles.
What wilderness are you in? What excuses have you made to give up on, postpone, or lose sight of the dreams and plans you once had? Take a moment to reevaluate where you are, where you want to be, and how you can still get there.
You CAN still get there.