If I asked you the following questions, what would be your answer?
In what way do you struggle to fit in? What is one thing about you that makes it difficult for you to fit in with those around you?
If you had asked me the second question in junior high, the answer would have rolled off my tongue before you finished your sentence:
They stuck out from my ankles like twin 2 x 4’s, and more than one middle school tormenter commented on their size.
Today, I still have ocean liner feet, but I did grow into them. I’m a tall woman, so it makes sense to have the size 11 ½ feet God gave me. Other than when I’m actually shopping for shoes, I devote 0% of my life pondering their size.
But I wish I could tell that to my 12-year-old self who was certain her feet — as well as a dozen other characteristics — made her a little too awkward to fit in.
I may not dwell on my feet these days, but there are other things about me I do devote too much time pondering, things that center around this season of life I’m in.
Perhaps you can relate?
You’re a new parent, and you’re waiting to “fit in” to this new role of motherhood.
You’re the new girl at the office, and you’re trying to find your place within your new environment.
Or maybe you just generally walk around afraid you’re either not enough or too much (or both) to truly fit in anywhere.
Yes, there are times we may find ourselves in places that aren’t a good fit for us, and we must prayerfully consider if we should walk away from those places. But sometimes, it’s not that this new place we’re in doesn’t fit. It’s that it doesn’t fit yet.
If where you are today feels a little awkward, take heart and join me here to read the rest?