I remember when a season of my life had abruptly come to an end. All that filled my mind was, “Everything’s changing… It’s nothing like it was.. How? Why?”. There was no way back into that stage of life. My heart continued to ache over every adjusted detail.
I found myself in the aftermath of the changing season; one that I did not choose. There was no going back. No way to return to that part of life. Quite honestly, my heart grew very sad and bitter. It was a long road to healing – but we’ll save that story for another time.
A beloved and wise friend once said to me, “Steph, just because things aren’t the way they were, doesn’t mean that God didn’t do a powerful work in that time. Though it ended in a way you did not expect, we can be grateful for the work that God did in those days.” I knew those words were packed with truth.
And in the new seasons, God did a powerful work again… Till this very day. I would’ve missed it had my eyes stayed fixed on WHAT WAS. I wouldn’t have been available to be used by God in reflecting His love and grace in the new places He led me to. All because of “What was, wasn’t, any longer”.
Friends, our past – if we see it through the lens of God’s love for us and His faithfulness – was great. It ran it’s course. Now, a new thing must take place.
Take a lesson from the trees. Every year they grow new leaves. Eventually, those leaves must descend; making way for a new time and new growth. A light wind and colder temperatures can cause that change or very rough storm. Either way, the leaves will fall. However, we can be encouraged, because new leaves will emerge again.
Seasons in our lives come and they go. Perhaps, it was an easy transition while other times it was sudden and unexpected. I’m learning that maybe we don’t need hold too tightly to them, but rather, hold tightly to the One who has control of their coming and going. Satan would love for us to get stuck. If he can accomplish that in your life, he knows you won’t live out your full God-call. We’re more powerful than that scumbag – don’t give him a chance. Look to Jesus, and go with His presence. If we know God, then we can rest in His unfailing love that will guide us in every moment of our days.
“He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”
Psalm 1:3 ESV
Our seasons (circumstances) change, but we will always yield fruit if we are rooted in The Lord. Take heart and keep going!
Here are a few questions to ask yourself.
Am I stuck looking back on “what was” because of the faithfulness of God, or am I looking back because I miss it?
Am I available before God today? Is He able to speak to me? Am I available to share His love in the place I am currently in?