Fall is my favorite season, but there are many things in every seasons that I enjoy. What is your favorite season of the year? Do you normally embrace that season, your favorite, regardless of the storm in your personal life?
There are a bazillion seasons of life we can either embrace or relinquish, reject, or denounce. I don’t know of a more difficult area to embrace than a tough season of life. When something is horridly painful, how can we embrace it as if it were a good thing of which to hold tightly?
Not to be sacrilegious by changing God’s Word, but temporarily substitute the word trees with the word embracers.
They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. (Jeremiah 17:8)
What a comfort, eh? The deeper we grow in the Lord, the more we can endure. God is with us always. Imagine Him walking beside you at every step, every day through the hard seasons. There is no better Partner!
As with the area of forgiveness, for example, we need God’s help. Embracing requires the same intention, commitment, determination, and a certain mindset to accomplish, just as we need to truly forgive.
When God named this site two years before it would begin, the thought of embracing the prodigal season hubs and I were experiencing was something I couldn’t fathom or even imagine at that time. Even if you can’t grab hold of the idea of embracing your current hard season, I promise (God promises!), He will get you through it.
How to Be A Tough Season Embracer
Do NOT embrace your problem(s). Don’t own the tough stuff of your season. What do I mean by that? The illness you have isn’t yours. (It’s not my cancer, my MS!) Don’t claim it as your own, so don’t say those words out loud. Protect your heart (and mind) from holding tightly to your circumstances.
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23)
There was a saying that you may have heard back in the day, “You name it, you claim it.” Don’t say your divorce, your addiction, your illness, your abuse, your ______________ (fill in the blank with whatever consumes your hard season). You may have an addiction, an illness, an abusive background, but they aren’t yours. The Lord is above all of that.
Keep your eyes on the Lord. Yes, we have troubles in this life, but looking to the Lord minimizes those circumstances. He gives us peace amidst the storm(s). Trust Him. Even if we don’t see evidence of it, God is working.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
God is with you in your hard season! He protects you, provides for you, and has promises in His Word for you to hold steadfastly. Cling to Him, pour through His Word, and stand on His promises. He is faithful!
During the tough seasons, God seasons us for the future. It’s much like how we season meat and marinade it before cooking. Then, we enjoy the blessings of the meal after the work of preparation is done. God seasons us to prepare us for the blessings ahead.
Waiting and wading through the deep waters of tough endurances in that season is the hardest part. And, deep roots in the Lord bring stability.
Embrace what Jesus did for you rather than dwell on what others have done to you, causing your tough season. Jesus died for you and me! There is no greater love than that, so keep your eyes on Him. Draw from the wellspring of God’s love for you, and let it spill over with love for others and in service to others in their need.
An outward focus takes the mind away from what can otherwise eat away at us inside. The devil loves nothing more than to destroy us by causing us to implode. What better way to get back at satan than to continue serving the Lord by helping others? I promise you, it is balm. His balm. Jesus brings peace in that. In everything, truthfully.
Clearly, when my hardest season ended and other tough seasons followed, I knew God wasn’t finished with me yet. Thankfully, He keeps working in us to transform us for His purposes. Through it all, the Lord takes our spirit of fear and transforms it into His Spirit of Love.
Fear and love cannot co-exist. You either allow fear to take hold or you seek understanding of God’s love for you and others. Healing brings love to the forefront as fear is pushed away. When you finally get the root of fear out of your life, you can begin to truly embrace. But that’s a deeper topic for later, y’all.
Would you like to dive deeper into the topic of fear with me?
For another day…
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow~