“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
We grasp at the seasons we consider good. The being born seasons, the planting seasons where we joyfully await the fruit of our labor. The building and healing seasons, and the laughing and dancing seasons. Ecclesiastes tells us there is a time for everything, a season for everything under the heavens. All of the seasons are necessary. Without the different seasons, we would not grow. We would not learn to rely on our Heavenly Father if the seasons were all easy.
I know that many believers, and the world in general, are enduring the difficult seasons: uprooting seasons, seasons where there is emptiness and mourning. There is even threat of killing and war. In these circumstances, we learn to lean on the Lord and His steady faithfulness. We learn to better love our neighbor. We learn to await His promises, and the joyous seasons. Embrace your season. This earthly life is temporary. Seasons don’t last forever, but the enduring love of our Father does.
It’s that time again! I am over at Modern Ruth Project for my monthly post. My post (for July) focuses on creating space. I talk about how God called me out of my job and onto focus on other aspects of me. Space is scary, because we don’t know what it will be filled with. And sometimes, God simply gives us space so that there is nothing to distract us from Him!
Go check out my post! I especially recommend it if you are also going through any type of change or unexpected circumstance.
Don’t be afraid of space, because space allows room to grow!
We cannot move forward without letting go. What we let go of is varied: it could be relationships, desires, sins and bad habits, or other things. Do you want to make progress in your race and move forward into a better future? Then you must learn to let go. No progress can be made without sacrifice. Once you have sacrificed, then your progress will come.
Progress requires letting go of unhealthy relationships and those that are critical of us.
Progress requires letting go of unhealthy habits that don’t allow us to grow spiritually or physically.
Progress requires changing thought processes that are negative and self-demeaning.
Progress requires making decisions that some people will not understand.
Progress requires saying “no” to some goods in order to say “yes” to the best good at that time of your life.
Progress requires holding back from buying “wants” in order to better provide for needs and secure a stable financial future.
Progress requires waiting and growing in the present moment in order to receive a future, long-awaited blessing.
Progress requires total faith in Jesus Christ and His plans and promises for you.
What is it that you need to let go of in order to be free and make progress?
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”~Philippians 3:14
When you pray, be ready to let go. Thy will be done. The Lord hears our prayers. Be ready to let go, if the answer isn’t what you’d hoped for. If it turns out to be a “yes” and our amazing God makes a way–then be prepared to let go then, too. Recently I came across this article, which deals with grief at answered prayers. Though we ask our Father and have the request granted, we may find it bittersweet. It doesn’t seem to make sense at first. Doesn’t praying for something mean a person really hopes for it? Why would a person grieve their prayers being answered?
Well, my friend, I think I know. In my own life, God is broadening my horizons in various
ways. I am seeing prayers answered, but also seeing the reality of what those answered prayers will mean. These answered prayers of mine will lead to sacrifices. They will lead to change. For a time, or maybe a long time, they will lead to discomfort and purification. And sometimes, I’m just not ready to let go. The “yes” that my Father gives sweeps me off my feet, and I realize that I must let go of the now and move into the great and different future that I have prayed for, and He has granted.
It’s amazing how attached we can grow to the way things are. Familiarity is comfortable. Yet it can easily bring stagnancy. When we grow roots, it allows us to grow deeper into Christ. We can grow deeper into the person Christ is calling us to be. Once the tree of our life has grown fruit, we must also be pruned to make way for new branches. Though times of change are often joyful, we also need to grieve the season we are moving away from. We need to grieve it and be ready to embrace the next one, to grow in different ways. We must welcome change and even the possibility of being uprooted and planted elsewhere.
The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.”-Pope Benedict XVI
Be ready for answered prayers, to grieve what is passing away, and to let go and make room for the new!
What are you waiting for? Each one of us is waiting for something. Waiting is not easy. Yet it can be a very blessed time. In fact, I venture that it is actually a gift! We must, however, use it well. Waiting is not in vain. It may feel like walking through a desert with no hope of water or reaching your destination, but is taking you to a Promised Land, just as it did the Israelites. Check out my post on Ignitum Today for more on this topic!
I pray that you may have the grace to wait well and be at peace during this time! May you realize what a gift it is to wait. Rest in Him.
Together journeying toward the Creator and becoming the creations we were meant to be.