I love to journal. (Not the same thing as keeping a diary, trust me) Each night I sit down with my Bible, do my devotion, and then write out whatever is on my heart that day. It’s kinda like spilling out my guts to Jesus. I’ve been doing it for a few years, so you can imagine how many I’ve filled with everything under the sun. One of my favorite things to do is to go back and read my entries. I read about my day, my struggles, who and what I’m praying for, and what particular season of life I’m in. I notice something each time I do this. I change so much day-to-day, month-to-month. Not just in my spiritual maturity, but in other ways too. There are entries on one page from August 2015 and on the next page the date is November 2015 (yes, long dry spell). There are entries where I write on for 3 or 4 pages and there are some where I can just tell that my heart and my head were not 100% there. There are entries with lots of exclamation points (clearly I was excited about what I had read) and entries where I could tell my that my heart was just breaking. My point is, I change. Seasons change. Circumstances change. People change. And you know what? That’s OK.
I live in the south, and I’ve lived here my whole life. A lot of the time, seasonal changes are drastic (or just don’t exist). Seriously, my freshman and sophomore year I took my finals in a t-shirt and shorts…IN DECEMBER. Regardless if the seasonal changes are drastic or nonexistent, I always find something to look forward to in each season of the year. For example, Spring- warmer weather & flowers, Summer – vacations & no school, Fall- big sweaters & college football (!!!), and Winter- Christmas & lots of fam time. In those types of situations, I welcome change. Yet, when the seasons of my life change, I’m reluctant, defiant even. Why is that?
I actually hate change.
I don’t like the fact that things are different. I get comfortable with the season I’m in and I’m 100, Gucci, thank you Jesus, don’t need to change this, I’m good!! And then God probably looks at me, shakes his head (probs laughs a little), and then proceeds to rock my world. Wanna know why He does this? Because we aren’t supposed to be comfortable. Living a Christian life and walking with Jesus requires us to be uncomfortable and live 24/7 out of our comfort zones. In John 16:33, Jesus doesn’t say, “In this life you’ll live without a care in this world, perfectly at peace!” No. He says, “In this life you will have trouble.” In Joshua, it doesn’t say, “You can be scared of what’s next, that’s cool.” No. It says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed” (Joshua 1:9). Sometimes, we get comfortable in the season we’re in and God’s like, “Okay time to change this up a bit!” But here’s the thing: His “time to change this up a bit” NEVER comes without a “Trust me, I’ve got your back.” Ever.
So many times in the Bible God literally rocks people’s worlds to
1. Remind them He’s still there and that He’s still God;
2. Bring their focus and attention back to Him;
3. Test their faith and prove to them that He can push them through any situation or season. Gotta keep things interesting, right?
I mean think about it. Jesus went through a whole season of being mocked by everyone, betrayed by his bestie, tortured by church officials, and killed by his OWN PEOPLE. He went through it all, literally begging his Father to change the course of his season. Aren’t you so thankful that He didn’t??
In Ecclesiastes, we are reminded that there is a time for everything under the heavens. Literally everything (check out Ecc. 3:1-8 for proof). A time to be born and a time to die. A time to weep and a time to laugh. A time to keep and a time to throw away.
No matter the season you’re in, there is a reason for it! I’m in a season right now that is full of growth and change. And let me be totally honest with you, I was not happy about it at first. I tried to fight what God wanted me to do, literally telling Him that what I wanted was better than what He wanted for me (ok whattheheck?) Yeah, that’s not something that you can do. God’s got your story (and mine) laid out in front of Him, you’re just not allowed to skip to the back see how it ends (something I’m so guilty of wanting to do).
Look, I am totally preaching to the choir here. It is imperative to trust the Lord wholeheartedly in these times. Be uncomfortable! Enjoy and thrive in the season that you’re in. Look forward to the next one, because I promise you God’s always gonna keep you on your toes.
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,
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.