We know that seasons change. There’s winter, spring, summer, and fall. And just as the natural seasons change, the same happens in the seasons of our lives. Getting through any of them requires you to first recognise where you are.
The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:1: “For everything, there is a season.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 also tells us: “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.” Ultimately, God is in control of all of the seasons. So, it’s important for us to recognize that from the start.
Whichever season you’re currently in, try to understand that He’s making everything beautiful for its time.
The Dry Season
We all have a Dry Season. This is, no doubt, a tough season! Trust me. I’ve been there at various moments in my life, and I personally know how hard this one can be. For Christians, it’s usually called a spiritual dryness or a dry season. It’s when God is quiet, or you can’t hear His voice or sense His presence as you once did. He seems very distant.
I have realised that the key to getting through this challenging season is knowing that you are in it – and pressing through it. Meaning, draw closer to Him anyway. Don’t wither. Even though He’s quiet, He hasn’t left His throne. Psalm 37:7 says: “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.”
In this season, it’s also good to do a self-examination. Check to see if there’s anything that may be causing the silence or dryness. One thing about dry seasons: they don’t last forever. This season will change. Just keep the faith, keep trusting Him in the dryness.
The Waiting Season
Let me kick this one off by saying, “Waiting is NOT easy!” Whether you’re waiting for your circumstances to change, waiting for something to be completed, or waiting for instruction, waiting can be quite difficult. But hang in there. You can get through this season. God has not forgotten you. However long it takes, go with His flow and grow, because Father knows what’s best. One day the wait will be over! But until God says “It’s time”, keep the faith and wait with expectancy. King David cried out to God in Psalm 5:3, “Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” He’s listening, and knows exactly where you are.
The Grinding Season
This is the busy season. This is the “I don’t have enough time in a day to get everything done!” season. To accomplish much in this particular season, you need to seek God for direction the moment your feet hit the floor. Being busy all the time doesn’t mean you are productive. Dealing with your priorities first will also help alleviate undue stress. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish when you do this. Don’t burn out! Pace yourself and your tasks. There’s only one you. Breathe. Pray. Take a break. Then carry on in your grind.
Press through with the strength God gives you, His provision, and divine grace. Rely on the Holy Spirit to lead and help you get through the grinding season. And don’t forget to spend time with those you love during this season. You need them and They need you. Key is balance.
The Tests & Trials Season
If you’re going through some hard times in this season, know that God is with you right there in the midst of it all. He’s totally at work. I know it’s hard when you’re in the middle of it, and you might not even understand what you’re going through, or why. But I want to you to know that God knows, and in due time, all will be revealed.
This too shall pass. If you need comfort, let Him comfort you. If you need strength beyond yourself, let Him strengthen you. If you need wisdom, ask and it will be given to you. As hard as the tests and trials may be, allow God to be God. Allow Him to do the supernatural work that only He can do. Allow Him to strengthen and increase your faith in this season of hardship or affliction.
2 Corinthians 4:17 states: “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So, we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen…” In this season, fix your thoughts and focus on God.
The Spiritual Warfare Season
If you are in spiritual warfare, gird up! Don’t get caught up in civilian affairs; instead, stay focused on what’s in front of you. If you are being spiritually attacked, evidently, you’re doing something right. Spiritual warfare is inevitable, but the key to victory is to Hand it over to God. When you go to war with the wrong armour, there is bound to be casualties, so let God be God. Remember, the enemy is subject to God’s authority. Total obedience is required in this season. I encourage you to read Joshua 6. God gave them specific instructions on how to win the battle. Without God at the centre of it all, guiding you, you cannot win.