Some seasons of life are full of excitement…where you aren’t sure what’s coming next, but there’s an anticipation for the future that is coming.
Other seasons of life are full of uncertainty…where you aren’t sure what’s coming next, and there’s a worry as to whether or not any good will come in the future.
And then, there are those rare occasions and seasons of life that are full of both excitement and uncertainty, anticipation and worry. Where you look forward with anticipation and excitement for a bright and better future, but there is also just as much worry about the uncertainty of anything ever actually being brighter or better.
It is those rare occasions, those seasons that are full of both the excitement and anticipation as well as the uncertainty and worry, that our hearts and minds are really tested. Where our faith is put through all kinds of trials, and our courage is challenged beyond what we imagined we could handle. Where the hope we cling to seems to fade, and our anxiety can start to take over. Where fear starts to push out our joy, and discouragement begins to overwhelm our soul.
In those times and seasons, it can feel as though God has abandoned us. We have no idea where he went or what he is doing, and it feels as though he’s left us and we have been all but forgotten.
That’s a tough season to be in! Every day seems to drag by slowly. Every good thing seems to escape our grasp, and every difficult moment seems to be amplified.
I know. Because I seem to find myself in that season at this time. So I get it. It’s tough. VERY TOUGH.
This morning as I was praying, I was asking God to reveal himself to me. To show me that he is still here, that he is still leading and guiding me, and that he does still have a plan for me and my future. As I was praying, the following song began to play…
Hebrews 13:5 says
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Paul, in Philippians 4, talks about learning to be content in every situation, and trusting God for the strength we need in all situations (verses 11-13).
The truth is…God is always there. He has never left. Sometimes it can feel that way, and our mind and heart can begin to believe it happened. But God promises to never leave us or forget about us. God is a promise keeper…so we can trust him.
And in the times when life is difficult, and we are waiting for God to lead us to what is next, we can learn to be content in that moment. Because we know that God is still with us and will never forget about us.
The other day someone encouraged me with this statement: “Thinking of the great leaders in the Bible who had desolate seasons–Joseph, Moses, David–and trusting God will bring you through as well, for His glory.”
If you are in a season of life where you feel abandoned by God, or you are having a hard time seeing his leading, may you remember that God is with you. Right now, at this very moment. May the promise in Hebrews 13:5 bring you comfort, may the song I shared encourage your heart, and may the truth that even the greatest leaders in the Bible had these same seasons give you strength.
May we learn to trust God more today than we did yesterday. May our faith grow stronger each day as we walk through these seasons of life. And may we learn to be content in the present, because we know that God is with us and is in the process of leading us toward what is next.
May God be glorified in all the season of our lives!
Speaking of seasons…I have had this blog for several years now. I love to blog…but I believe God is leading me to make some changes to this blog and it’s purpose. In the near future, some changes will be happening. Be on the lookout for that.