“You’re gonna miss this…You’re gonna want this back..You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast…These are some good times…So take a good look around…You may not know it now…But you’re gonna miss this.”
The other day, Misty and I heard a song on the radio that we had not heard in quite a while. It’s the song “You’re Gonna’ Miss This” by country singer Trace Adkins. The song shares the story of a girl who is continually looking forward to the next season of her life. She is told by her mother, father, and even a hot water repairman to slow down, because “she’s gonna’ miss this” season of life she is currently experiencing.
There is much truth and wisdom in this song. I remember as a junior high student longing to be in high school. As a high school student, I couldn’t’ wait to graduate and go to college. Once I was in college, I looked forward to graduating and starting my career. Once Misty and I were married, we eventually looked forward to having children. When Davidson was a toddler, we looked forward to seeing him grow up and become more independent. At times, it’s difficult to stop myself from wondering what college he will attend and what career he will pursue. It’s. also, easy to long for those years of retirement with Misty and what that season of life holds for us.
The problem with continually looking forward to the next season of life is missing the season that God has given you. Looking back on it, college was a great experience. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have, because I was looking forward to a career. I was looking at a picture of Davidson taken as a toddler the other day and began wondering where the time went. I’m afraid I wasted some of it looking for the next season and experiences of life. The song’s lyrics are true. I miss some of the earlier seasons in life and what I experienced in them.
I don’t want to rush through life any more. I’m striving to enjoy the season I am in. In four years, (yikes!) Davidson will graduate and head off on his own path in life. I don’t want to miss these years wondering about those years ahead. I’m not guaranteed future years with Misty. We have learned from painful experience that life is precious. I want to savor this season with her now instead of looking forward to the seasons to come. I don’t want to look back and miss this season because I rushed through it and spent it longing for a different season.
These days are God’s gift to us. This moment in time, this season in the journey, is truly a precious gift. Join me in savoring it and looking for the beauty and joy within it. Let’s strive to live in the moment God has given us while giving Him the glory for it. I don’t wanna’ miss this. I want to savor, enjoy, and cherish these precious days. I hope you do as well. Let’s thank the Father for the gift He has given us in these beautiful moments.