Wednesday, June 8, 2011
You Can't Rush It
Truth be told, I would absolutely love to wake up tomorrow, and it be August 31st. But there are some things we simply cannot rush. And most ladies know, that pregnancy is definitely one of those things. It's been a rough run this third time around, but the reward is priceless. I have no choice but to patiently wait for the next twelve weeks to play out.
Wouldn't it be great if we could know when particular seasons in our lives would end? It would be so wonderful to be able to place a big, red circle around a date on the calender, noting "This season ends here!" Wishful thinking.
This week, I wrote about embracing dry seasons in EEW Magazine. And for some reason, God is yet speaking to me about seasons.
On separate occasions this week, three people made the exact same statement to me - "I wish this season would just hurry up and be over." Have you ever said that? I surely have...many times. We have no qualms about those times when things are going right in our lives. When our husbands are acting right; job promotions are falling into our laps; money is increasing; our health is in tact; and all kinds of wonderful blessings are being given unto our bosom.
During those times we bask in God's goodness. We shout all over the church. We call up all of our friends, and shout from the mountaintop that "God is so good to me!" And we never want that season to end. In fact, we think I can stay in this moment forever.
But then something happens. Our well seems to dry up. Money becomes funny; change becomes strange; friends become few; marriage gets rocky; health begins failing; we lose our job; everything seems to be going left. Then our feet become a bit heavy at church. We find it kind of hard to smile. We begin to wonder if God has forsaken us. And all we want is for this season to hurry up and be over.
We long for those words that in seven or thirty days, our dry season will be over. We simply want to rush right through it. But that's not how God works. He does not work according to time...especially not ours. Just because a season is difficult for us, does not mean that God will allow it to go by faster. No. But what He will do is sustain you and help you get through it. Just like we cannot rush the natural seasons that we don't particularly care for, we cannot rush the spiritual seasons in our lives. I'm not at all a fan of winter, but I have no choice but to stick it out and make the best of it until spring arrives.
This is exactly what you must do during those unfavorable seasons in your life. You absolutely cannot rush it. And just because you're experiencing a tough time does not mean you go into hibernation until it goes away. No ma'am. Put a smile on your face, and praise God as if it were the best season of your life. Because no matter where you are, or what you're going through, God is worthy. He's still good. He's still blessing you. He's still loving you. He's still keeping you. He's still faithful to you.
Since you can't rush it, you may as well embrace it, and take it for what it is - a necessary part of your growth and development to becoming the person God has ordained you to be.
Til next time...
Love you for real,