Seasonal Reality

May 11, 2019

The four corners of the earth were formed by Your hands,
and every changing season owes its beauty to You.
[Psalm 74:17]

Change is hard, even good change. Bruce and I are experiencing so much good change — new home, new jobs, and a new way of living that doesn’t run us ragged. However, even though it’s all good, it’s taking away what was familiar to us and so it stings a little. It’s requiring learning new things, ditching old habits and routines, and embracing peace in the midst of all the unknown.

It’s easy to crash against the hardness of a “season of transition,” because the unknown has a way of overshadowing all that you think you know and clouding perspective.

So when I don’t know, I’m learning to remain focused on what I still do know.

Bruce and I recently rebranded our own “season of transition,” and we’re now calling it our “season of transformation.

Why? Because we know we serve a God who doesn’t merely transfer us around from season to season, He transforms us from glory to glory.

Have you been experiencing a lot of change too?

Maybe you’ve branded your own hard season in one of the following ways:

“I’m in a winter season.”

“I’m in the wilderness.”

“I’m in a valley.”

“I’m being crushed.”

“I’m being tested.”

And maybe those definitions have left you feeling hopeless, or scared, or exhausted. If that’s the case, it’s time to rebrand. You don’t need special permission to redefine the space and season you’re in with hope and goodness. All you need is a promise-keeping God.

But please don’t take my word for it. It’s only God’s word that carries the promise and the power to transform you.

So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose. [Romans 8:28]

We rebranded our season to match our expectations for all God is doing with us, in us, and through us.

To be clear — this isn’t mind over matter psychology, or some “fake it until you make it” theology. This is life in the Kingdom.

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. [Romans 12:2]

You can always know God’s will by looking to His word. According to His word, you can expect good things from God.

Yes, Bruce and I have been in a valley of sorts. But this valley isn’t a low place nor is it a permanent one, it’s just a different place that’s leading us from one mountain top to another.

A couple of months ago, right in the middle of this valley, I looked behind me at the big mountain I just climbed down and then I looked ahead of me at the big mountain I’m about to climb, and it felt so daunting. This is hard work and it’s going to take time. It’s going to require strength and courage and hope — a real, living hope, not some kind of flimsy wishful thinking, but an unshakable expectancy in God’s goodness.

(And I’m going to be pretty vulnerable here because I sense it’s going to help someone reading this be set free).

When I sized up this big mountain of change I was about to climb, I looked at Bruce and confessed, “I don’t know if I have what it takes.”

The scary thing about that confession was not that I said it out loud but that I believed it in my core. I was stuck in expecting the worst because I was caught up in the self-condemnation and despair of believing I wasn’t enough. My focus had shifted to only what I could make possible instead of trusting in a God who can do even the impossible.

Bruce, my fellow warrior, took my hand and simply said, “I have so much hope for the future.”

It wasn’t a correction or a condemnation, it was a gentle invitation to share the burden of my doubt and the bounty of his faith together.

God is so kind to give us each other.

If you’re also in a valley right now and overwhelmed by the mountain you’re about to climb, I want you to know that I have so much hope for your future.

You will be marked by innovation, not limitation.

You will be defined by faith, not fear.

Come, let’s live lives filled with joyful anticipation, not angst.

Let’s not dread, let’s dream.

Let’s replace worry with wonder.

Because even in the unknown, know this— your future is filled with hope.

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