Healing and growing between seasons
Have you ever had a word settle on your heart and then every where you turn that word showed up in conversations, ads, social media, etc.? These last several weeks the word that has shown up and has lingered in my mind has been, “seasons”. Not only is the physical season around me changing, but recently on Facebook Live during my Cafe’ Monday I shared that in a little over a year from now we are planning to move. With this reality, I feel like I am sitting in the middle of two seasons of “here and there”. I have sat in this season many times before, and God has often used this season to grow desire from my regrets. My regrets come with the realization of the moments and people I took for granted, the areas of my heart I withheld from people wishing I had let them in, and trying so hard to hide my insecurities that I did not give myself permission to just be me.
During my first winter in Minnesota I bought a daily devotional that embraced my passion for coffee, scripture and quotes. In it there was one devotional that has always stuck with me. The title was a question, “What Season Are You In?” It gave a great example to the season of winter and God’s purpose. This was the season I felt most connected to. Not only could I look outside and see nothing but snow and dead bushes, but I felt a depth of loneliness and bareness like never before. The words in that devotional gave me the hope I needed to understand that God was with me and that He would bring good from where I was. “Few people realize that in winter, the plants are digging deep into the ground with their roots. Up top they look dead; but below growth is taking place that will sustain them through the hot summer months. In the midst of this cold, dreary season, you may find your relationship with God will become more intimate than ever. Let your roots go deep into His love and His truth. Don’t be discouraged by the cold. Spring is coming.” – Coffee Break Devotionals The seasons of our life seen with our senses are often much easier to cope with, than the seasons of our heart.
In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, there is a list of circumstances that will inevitably become woven activities of time within our life’s seasons. These are times that have been appointed by our Creator for a purpose. I’m learning that when I practice positioning my heart’s focus on Him, especially during the “in-between” seasons, He allows my transition to bring breakthrough. My breakthrough comes when I acknowledge my weaknesses, and allow God to walk me through to the other side. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go. Don’t think for a moment that you know it all, For wisdom comes when you adore him with undivided devotion and avoid everything that’s wrong- For then you will find the healing refreshment your body and spirit long for. -Proverbs 3:6-8 (TPT)
Whatever season you’re in, coming out of, or in-between know God sees you and will walk with you through it.