I’m still somewhat new to the Midwest. I grew up in Texas and only 4 years ago moved to Wisconsin. One of the biggest adjustments for me was the changing of seasons.
If you don’t know, much of Texas has only two seasons: Hot and Super Hot. We wore shorts on Christmas Day and had picnics for Valentine’s Day! So when I moved in the spring of 2016, I was really able to appreciate the changes from Spring to summer.
I watched the leaves begin to bud on the trees. I noticed the sound of birds singing in the morning again. What seemed barren and bland one day, almost overnight seemed to spring with life and color.
It made me think about seasons in our own lives. So often when you’re in the middle of a rough season, it’s easy to only focus on what you’re currently facing. The bad work environment, the lack of finances, or the pain of a failure may feel like there is nothing to hope for, but feelings, like seasons, change.
This is when you have to rely on what you know to be true. God is faithful. One of my favorite scriptures that I’ve had to go back to many times is found in the book of Joshua. The children of Israel had just possessed the promise land and the Levites were being given their land. The last verse of that chapter says “Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”
Joshua 21:45 NIV
The children of Israel were leaving a season of wandering in the desert. It was dry and dirty, and the only hope they had was the promise of God to establish them in a good land. And God has the same promise for you today. He wants you to prosperando be in good health, even as your soul prospers (3 John 2). He wants you to have more than enough and to be a first hand witness of His ability to bless you (Ephesians 3:20).
We may go through seasons that are less than ideal, but in these seasons, we can rely on the faithfulness of God to bring us into a new, better season.
As we go through this season where a worldwide pandemic has seemed to overwhelm our world, I’d like to challenge us to lean into the promises of God more than ever. What are his promises? Here are a few to encourage you, but commit to spend some time in his word to read all of the great and precious promises he has for you!
- To give you hope (Jeremiah 29:11)
- To never leave you (Psalm 9:10)
- To give you peace (Philippians 4:7)
- To provide for you (Philippians 4:19)
- To give you wisdom (James 1:5)
- To bless you (Deuteronomy 28)