“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;ISAIAH 43:2
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.”
Have you ever felt stuck in a season of life?
When dealing with a difficult circumstance or season of life for an extended period of time, it’s hard to believe that you will ever experience anything else. You lose hope of a future blessed season. When emotions are intense and there’s no change in sight, it is all too easy it for us to believe that circumstances last forever. There is a real sense of dread of nothing ever changing.
An unchanging season of life may feel like wandering in the wilderness.
“Do not call to mind the former things,Isaiah 43:18-19
Or ponder things of the past.
Behold, I will do something new,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert.”
You my feel your faith and hope may be slowly weakening as the days, months and even years pass. You may have even felt abandoned by God during this time. You may wonder if you are doing something wrong, because you don’t sense Him near or understand His direction. Or you could feel that it is because of something you did that He has chosen not to bless you. It’s as if you’re on your own lost and wandering in the wilderness somewhere trying to figure out where the path you’re supposed to be on is. You’ve asked God to change things and He just hasn’t. So what do you do? Do you try to take things into your own hands? If the pain is strong enough, maybe you do try. Even if you have been dealing with a circumstance that seems like it will last forever, it won’t. Easier said than believed, I know.
HUMAN NATURE: Our natural inclination at times is to get so wrapped up in our current feeling or emotion during a difficult time that we are unable to gain a broader perspective and find hope during our season.
The point is, we must not lose hope when we are unable to foresee our current circumstances changing. The broader perspective will always reveal that:
- God is bigger than your current circumstance and your pain,
- this moment in the grand scheme of God’s plan for your life, will not be in vain,
- Your circumstance is an opportunity for God to reveal His love for you and you are able to grow through it.
Key: It is not a matter of changing your difficult season, but a matter of changing your mindset as you walk through it.
An unchanged season is an opportunity to mature your faith
I honestly believe that most Christians will experience a wilderness season at some point in their life to some degree. Because even when you accept Jesus as your Savior and as you walk with Him in this life, your faith will continually be refined and matured. And remember, faith is not a result of our feelings. It can’t be! Often times our feelings challenge our faith. This is so important to remember throughout the course of our lives, because we will all be faced with various trials (sometimes very difficult), and will be forced to make a decision…
You must ask yourself in any challenging moment:
“Will I operate out of my doubts in this moment or will I choose to operate in faith and trust in Christ to handle this on my behalf?”
Choosing to operate purely based off your feelings can often lead to:
- acting out of insecurity,
- compromising your values,
- attempting to fill a void with someone/something toxic,
- growing bitter towards God/others,
- attempting to manipulate your own circumstances apart from the will of God,
- suppressing the conviction of God’s Spirit that is meant to keep you on the right path
- disobedience that will undoubtedly rob you of your own blessings
Renew your mindset
There are many seasons in life that we’d like to see change. For example, if you’re in a time of singleness, that season may seem to be lasting forever. Or maybe it’s health. Or getting to the “next step” in your life.
But, things do eventually change.
And we must remember that God Himself will never change, but life relentlessly will! Therefore He must be the source of our stability, our foundation, because everything else will eventually give way. Finances, skills, careers, relationships, family, popularity, beauty, position, power… they are not secure enough to put our trust in, because just like seasons they are constantly changing.
And it’s so interesting how a person can simultaneously feel the burden of being stuck in the same season for too long, while bearing the anxiety that comes with knowing that life is about to change! The the thing we prayed for (change) will be the thing we pray for (peace during the change). That’s our humanity for ya. There is a constant need for God, in and out of season.
Never equate the difficulty of your circumstance, to how God feels about you in that moment.
We all have our ups and our downs in this life. It doesn’t matter who you are, we share this common human experience. But, even as we face difficult seasons, look for God’s purpose, opportunity and love. He is near, even if your feelings don’t believe it to be true, activate your faith. He never leaves us to walk through the wilderness alone. He is there and He is making a way when there seems to be no way.