Seasons. Spiritual seasons change just as our earthly seasons change and there is beauty and purpose in each. Some spiritual seasons are beautiful, bright and cheery, and others may appear cold, damp and dreary. There is a time for everything; a time for growth and reflection, time for trials and celebration. One thing remains. God is truth. God is there through each season, using each change for His purpose.
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
A few years ago, a friend and I were talking about God’s word, and God’s word being truth. We talked about God’s word being an instruction manual for our daily lives. I started reflecting on how I was/wasn’t utilizing this beautiful guide to live according to my purpose. My spiritual growth journey suddenly had a new meaning to it, and I felt a huge desire to grow my relationship with Christ. See, I have been a Christian since I was ten years old. But this new season of life I was in, prompted me to change the way I approached my purpose driven life, and my relationship with Christ. There was so much more to this relationship than I was experiencing! Seasons can awaken us.
At the time, I was constantly trying to wake up before my young children to have some devotional time and quiet time to read my bible. Anyone with young children knows that anytime you plan to do something before the children wake…that often sets their internal alarm clock to beat you to your buzzer. And that’s what kept happening. I felt so defeated. I felt like I would never grow closer to God! Seasons can stretch us.
So I changed my approach. I began having my devotional time with my children, and really looked at how to make our entire day devotional time. I started posting bible verses around our home for reminders of God’s truth in our purpose driven life. I would pray for areas in my heart that needed changed, and read verses to align with my convictions. The eyes of my heart were being opened to not only my sin, but also God’s beauty. There is always scripture to align with our daily lives, both in struggle and praise. Seasons can strengthen us.
Life seemed so full and so encouraging. I was really feeling God’s spirit in me and through me. This relationship was growing! Then, spiritual warfare was in full swing. I felt attacked in so many areas of my life. While not one “thing” was “wrong”, I felt the enemy attacking areas in my life that were important to me. Through the trials, I continued to go to Christ even when I felt total defeat. He continued to strengthen me through His truth. He was always there. He was always stronger than the enemy’s attack. But I didn’t always see it in the moment. Seasons can be discouraging and difficult.
As I fast-forward through time, I take moments to reflect. When I have quiet time, I’m always amazed at the trials that I’ve experienced, yet even more amazed at God’s faithfulness. Each and every season has been used to grow me, to strengthen me, to keep me on the path to live according to His purpose in me. But what is really amazing to me today is how God is showing me that it’s not about me at all. Seasons can humble us.
Just recently, I was walking through our home, reflecting on the scripture posted in various places. I noticed that the scripture had not only been embedded in my heart, but God has used His truth to bring me through the seasons in which I wrote these verses. I almost collapsed in awe at His beauty and His faithfulness. (How do I take these blessings of growth for granted so easily?) When I gave up these burdens to Him, He delivered His Grace and goodness. Seasons can open our eyes in gratitude.
Emotions fill me as I praise Him and His vision becomes clearer to me. You see, these seasons not only grew me, but they are now enabling me to help others grow in Him. Every verse He shows me (starting these few years ago) is applicable to the people He is bringing to my ministry. While in the moments of these seasons, I often asked, “why?” I now see, that again, it wasn’t about me at all. Instead, He wants to use me to encourage and empower others, by His Grace alone. And He continues to show me through my daily walk with Him and His word, that He is always there, and there is purpose in the seasons. Seasons have purpose.
As I continue through seasons of life, I declare that I will reflect and remember, that there is purpose, and His purpose prevails all. While I don’t have everything figured out, I do know there is hope in the trials when we trust Him. How is God growing you through your seasons?
“For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.”