I think we can all agree that no season of life is the same.
We might have some that look similar, but things are always changing. Some seasons might be more complex, and others more simple. Some faster, some slower. Some full of sorrow, and some full of joy. King Solomon said it so beautifully in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:
"A Time for Everything
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace."
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to name the season you are in so you can embrace it and grow in it.
If you’re not sure, then ask the Holy Spirit and He will tell you! He is good like that. Where there is confusion, He brings clarity. Spend some time with Him and let Him lead you through the season you are in. That is the only way you will find peace and purpose in each season of life. Even in the dry seasons, He is preparing you for what is to come.
Did you know that the best wine is produced by the grapes that have gone through the harshest winters?
What happens is the roots of the vines have to grow deeper and cling to the soil in order to survive through the winter season. Grapevines need to be in temperatures below 40 degrees for a certain amount of time so they can have successful budding in the spring. The cold weather actually protects and keeps the buds from emerging too early because if they do, they would not survive. Think about how this relates to how God works with us! Sometimes the greatest struggles we face are just a setup for the greatest victories! God knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows that sometimes just because it’s something that we want, it does not mean we are ready for it. He is so kind and gracious to protect us from acquiring a desire too quickly because He knows that our character needs developing before the promise is fulfilled. He knows when the timing is just right.
“Talent will get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” John Wooden
I know this is easier said than done.
No one likes the winter seasons of life! But the longer you walk with the Lord, the more you come to know that in every season, He is still good. And He is still God. He is for you and not against you (Romans 8:31). He works all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). You do not have to fear because the Lord is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9). Rest in these promises. Stand firm on these promises. He is faithful and true to His Word!
So what season are you in? Is it a time to uproot, or a time to plant? Is it time to tear down or to build? Is it a time to speak, or a time to be still? Is it a time to hide yourself in the Lord, or is it a time to step out in something new? Whatever the answer may be, know that it is okay. No season is a “bad” season. It may be uncomfortable, but it is not unseen and it is not wasted by God. And the beauty of it is that it won’t last forever! Take comfort in knowing that the best is yet to come! Let’s pray:
Father, you are so loving, gracious, patient, and kind. You know my innermost thoughts and yet you still love me. Thank you for leading me through this season of my life. I may not know why things are happening the way they are, but I trust you. I trust that your ways are better than mine. Help me to really believe that truth. Thank you for always being with me and for being patient with me. I ask that you would reveal to me what you are trying to teach me in this season. Help me grow in the areas that I am lacking so I can better serve you and those around me. I love you and I praise you for who you are. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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