Seasons. We all have the Spring and the Winter of our lives. The storms that break us down, and the sunny hour of life where we are lifted up, and everything is going right. Here's the thing. Life doesn't happen with just one or the other. This is where God comes in. He actually promises we will have both of those seasons. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned." Isaiah 43:21. He doesn't say if, but when. Yet, He ALSO says "The pain that you are experiencing now doesn't compare to that JOY that is coming"(Romans 8:18).
Sometimes I think we get so far from that season of being faithful because we don't see the good in the rough times. Even just the mini seasons of Winter like a bad day, can bring out the negative instead of what can come of it.
There’s the season of past (what you've been through), the season of present (where you are now), and the season of being faithful (the season we should ALWAYS be in). So what does that even mean? How do you remain faithful during the storms? PATIENCE. You may be in a really difficult place, but guess what? That means something even better is coming your way. It's His actual promise! Jonah was in the belly of a fish for three days.. THREE DAYS! Yet, he still remained faithful. It may be really hard to power through those struggles, but remain faithful because joy is coming your way, and oh will it be even sweeter than anything you could imagine.
"If you want God to move, you also need to move." I loved this line a pastor once said to the congregation. I expect him to pull me out of a struggle, or to give me something, yet I don't do anything different about how I am handling myself. One of my all-time favorite worship songs is "Different" by Micah Tyler. One of the lyrics is "I don't want to gain this world, but lose what matters", and I think this really applies to how we handle ourselves through ALL types of seasons. Also how cool would it be to show Jesus through letting others see you handle your storms with peace and trust in Him? It's so hard to always have faith during the tougher seasons, I get that. Yet, I'm understanding that His plan is so much greater than ours, and these seasons are all meant for something.
Whether it's a season of praise for things working out, or a season of doubt and heartache, it's bringing you towards something even better. So whatever season you're in, rejoice...because your Spring is coming :)