Sometimes "Due Season" Feels Like...
Donnie, a five-year-old kid, wants to go to Disney World to see Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. He loved them so much that he watched their shows, always wore Mickey and Donald clothing, and his room had a life-sized Mickey Mouse decal that he took much pride in showing off when anyone came to visit the house.
His parents planned a trip to Disney World for his birthday. He knew it and asked about it daily to make sure that they did not forget the promise of their gift. When it came time to get on the flight, now six-year-old Donnie was more excited than he was nervous. His mother lets him wear his Donald Duck shirt, blue jeans, and his Mickey Mouse ears hat. The plane ride seemed to take forever and Donnie was ready to claw his eyes out because he could not wait to see Mickey and Donald Duck. He was beyond being anxious, nervous and excited it was downright perturbed.
Donnie and his family got off of the flight and headed to the Disney Resort hotel. He knew with every fiber of his being that he would see Mickey and/or Donald ANY moment now. He saw Elsa, Anna, Tinker Bell, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast but no Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. He fought his disappointment but was losing his excitement to frustration and lack of understanding of the delay. After they all put their things down in their hotel room they were off to the theme parks. Donnie's father spotted Mickey Mouse from afar and told his mom, "Look, Tina, there's someone we would like to meet." Donnie didn't even hear the conversation as he was full of disappointment and thoroughly believed that this trip was a bust, therefore, home was a better option!
Donnie was holding his father's hand as we walked through the crowd of people. Suddenly his dad stopped for a reason unknown to Donnie. He looked up to see what was going on only to find Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck staring down at Donnie! Donnie's reaction: utter fear and trepidation. He screamed and cried and wanted his father to pick him up! Instead of picking him up, Donnie's father simply bent down and looked at him and talked to him a soft yet strong fatherly tone to help Donnie calm down. Not only did he calm him down but reaffirmation Donnie that he is not scared at all but ready to meet Mickey because he's been preparing to do so for a long time now.
To me, due season can sometimes feel just like this. We have prayed, fasted, sacrificed, sowed seeds spoke in faith and even see ourselves doing this and that with all of the passion and vigor. Yet, when it comes to us and is staring at us in our face, we can get paralyzed to the point of tears. We see the reality of the size of the assignment, we feel the weight of responsibility and we hear more of the cons than the pros.
Once we have really started to go through the processes of life that really deals with our hearts’ desires, when we look up, just as Donnie did, feeling defeated and waiting what seems to feel like forever on end -- we actually see the REASONS why we needed to wait for whatever we have been longing for. We, then, will understand the reasons we have been stretched (what we felt like) beyond our capacity. We even come to appreciate the mistakes, failures, bad decisions and hard times that have caused us to endure and persevere because without those times we would not be made into the person we see staring at us in the mirror.
Due season is not all about the shout, the screaming of “It’s my season!”, or high-fiving your neighbor and telling ‘em “I made it” and “I don’t look like what I been through!” Due season is walking in maturity and maturity takes time. By the time you look up to see how far you have come, it can intimidate you because you are used to focusing on “growing up” but time is needed to really be able to appreciate what is due to you. Jeremiah 29:11-13 is the promise of a due season that comes when our hearts have been prepared and are in the receiving mode.
All in all...it’s a journey to it...and a journey through it.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 - KJV
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” .