SEASONS & TOOLS
Ever look back in your life and wonder how you got through a certain phase? Or look ahead into something you are launching into and wonder how you will make it through? Sometimes this thought cripples us from taking the first step into the next season. My mind has been drowning deep in thoughts of different seasons. My conclusion -God is faithful; In Summer, Spring, fall and winter.
Sometimes it gets really cold and we wonder where God is. Why isn’t He showing up? Why is it still so hard? But before long, it starts warming up and we realize our faith has grown. Winter has trained us to speak God’s word when our hearts are freezing and things don’t look promising. It looks like nothing will ever change but it’s only a matter of time.
When it gets too hot, from one misery to another; let’s remember that God is faithful, God is constant. He doesn’t know how to forsake so He will NEVER forsake us. Hebrews 13:5 Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you. And God never goes out of His word, if He said it, it will never change, that’s just the way it is. Before too long, things will cool down, you will have fresh breeze in the atmosphere and realize that your skin has been made a little tough, resilience and a build up of faith. Faith actually grows through situations so we need these challenges in order to have testimonies. We always make it through not because of your strength but only because His strength is made perfect in our weakness. 2nd Corinthians 12:9.
I look back at some seasons in my life that were tough, that flipped me up and down and I had to be very flexible, all the time. (This was very hard for me because I like predictable situations.) At the same time, I had to be strong because I was going through this alone and though I shared with some important people, I was the one living the reality day after day. It was tough, but very necessary for my next season. See, your faithfulness in the previous season determines your success in the next one. Faithfulness is self-sacrifice, denial, resilience, perseverance and utmost dependency on God.
When I look back, I see how vital it was for me to be formed and sanded in that season. I am still being formed, but from a different angle in this new season. So take heart, sanding never stops, learning is continuous and that’s why we can never sail through our comfort zones. It may look tough but it’s important to indulge in the lessons of the season. These are tools for the next phase.
Load up your toolbox through every phase in life. The tools always come in handy. But if you go through seasons and come out the same, you will battle the same way; and a broken part cannot be successfully fixed without tools. Remember, the seasons change but God is constant. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.