When we hear the word seasons our brains automatically think spring, summer, fall, and winter. If I have to choose my favorite season, mine would be summer. I love everything about summer. The sun, the beach, longer days. But that’s not the seasons I’m talking about. No, I’m talking about the spiritual seasons that God puts us in.
There are seasons that are tough like storms we don’t think we can make it through, and then there are seasons that are the ideal season we want to always be in. What I’ve learned from those seasons that seem like the storm rages on, that the sun will never shine again is that:
1. God never gives you more than you can handle.
2. He never allows you to walk through the storm alone
3. Even though it’s a storm, he still uses you.
That storm we face is an opportunity for God to grow you. It’s the perfect opportunity to get you out of your comfort zone and allow God to speak in that circumstance you may be dealing with. Though those seasons are tough, some of the best fruit is produce in those seasons.
For me, returning to the desert was a tough season. I didn’t understand why God was calling me to go back to the place I didn’t want to return too. I didn’t want to be like Moses wandering through the desert for 40 years waiting on the promises of the Lord. And a year and a half later I’m still wandering through the desert trying to find out who I’m called to be but that doesn’t mean Gods not using me in this season. He’s giving me some amazing opportunities in this season to show me that even though it’s not the ideal season I want to be in, he’s still using me, and allowing me to flourish in my calling.
Storms teach us to rely on God. They teach us that even though we don’t know what to do, God does. He’s always in control, he sets the next steps. He goes before us and goes with us.
Often times we look at people who are in a fruitful season of their life and think, I want what they have. I want to be in that season right now. But what we forget is the storm they had to face in order to get to that season. We look straight at the blessings and not the work behind the blessings. We see the fruit but forget the pruning process in order to produce the fruit. We miss the process and go straight to the blessings.
God will use you in those tough seasons if you allow him too. Be open minded to the season God places you in. It may not be ideal for us, but God knows what we need even when we don’t. Tough seasons are hard, but there just seasons. They don’t last forever. Some of the greatest opportunities can come from those moments when we least expect it.
Eventually the storm will pass and the sun will shine again. Our God is a good God, a purposeful God.
MEET THE AUTHOR
I’m 26 years old southern girl living in the desert currently. Graduate from Sagu with a bachelors degree in Church Ministries, called to lead leaders. Some of my favorite things are sweet tea, the beach, and enjoying adventures.